Yama: Small craft act brings revenue and ensures safety

MADANG Provincial Government will roll out the Small Craft Act following the endorsement of board members to oversee its implementation.
Madang Governor Peter Yama said it had endorsed board members at the same time it endorsed the liquor ban.

He said the act would be another avenue for Madang to generate internal revenue as it would missed out on revenue from liquor sales.
Provincial marine transport inspector Captain Pascal Yali thanked the provincial executive council for endorsing the board which would now implement the act.

He said the act would enable all outboard motors to be registered and equipped with safety equipment such as life jackets and safety kits.
He said dinghy operators would attend training to obtain o licenses similar to drivers and crews of PMVs operating on land.
“The estimated internal revenue small craft would generate is K3 million, because we have more PMVs operating in Madang waters,” Yali said.
“It will attract internal revenue but it will also prevent accidents and save lives.”
Yali said operators involved in piracy and other criminal activities would be tracked down charged accordingly when they were issued registration and licenses.

Yama said he was concerned about the people of Karkar, Rai Coast, Bogia and those travelling to Manus who experienced accidents at sea or went missing.
He said having the legislation would encourage and ensure proper checks and balances for safety at sea.

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