News in Brief

News in Brief

Meri Save Trades

12 July 2024

Our outgoing MD Rupert Bray today spoke with the companies participating in IFC - International Finance Corporation &  PNG Business Coalition for Women Meri SaveTrades program about why better balanced workplaces matters to us, and why it matters to PNG that our workplaces are more inclusive.

The Meri Save Trades initiative, an 18-month program, will equip firms with the know-how to strengthen recruitment, promotion and retention of women in technical and trades positions and build safe and respectful workplaces for all. Helping the private sector create more and better jobs for women, including in leadership, has the potential to boost business productivity and drive economic growth in PNG.

Supporting women to participate in more and better roles can have a hugely beneficial impact for the community and improves socio-economic conditions for all. Edea Bouraga, President IEPNG Port  also shared her experience as a trailblazer in a male-dominated sector.

Steamies are proud to be participating in the Meri SaveTrades program.

We're focusing on initiatives to recruit and retain women in non traditional jobs and build a safe respectful and family friendly workplace.

#GenderEquality #PNGourHome

Prime Minister Marape Meets Steamships Executives, Welcomes New Managing Director

03 July 2024


Prime Minister Hon. James Marape had a productive meeting with top executives of one of Papua New Guinea's oldest trading companies, Steamships Trading Company, in Port Moresby this morning. The meeting took place over breakfast and included discussions with the outgoing Managing Director, Mr. Rupert Bray, and the newly appointed Managing Director, Mr. Chris Daniells.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Marape expressed his pleasure at hearing from Mr. Bray and Mr. Danielsl, both of whom voiced their confidence in the country's economy and the Marape-Rosso Government’s economic management. They highlighted the creation of a conducive environment that has helped restore investor confidence over the past five years, from May 2019 to May 2024.

Steamships Trading Company, which began operations in 1918, has been a significant player in Papua New Guinea’s growth and development. The company has expanded into various sectors, including property development, hotels, shipping, logistics, and more.
Mr. Bray and Mr. Daniells shared with Prime Minister Marape their ambitious plans to transform Port Moresby’s Central Business District (CBD). This includes redeveloping existing properties into modern hotel complexes and office buildings. Notably, they discussed the redevelopment of the Moresby Inn, situated opposite their iconic Grand Papua Hotel.

Additionally, Steamships Trading Company has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The company is partnering with PNG Power Ltd to promote and develop clean, green, and sustainable energy solutions aimed at reducing carbon emissions. The Down Town Plaza has already seen a significant upgrade with the installation of solar panels on its rooftop, a step towards utilising renewable energy sources.

This initiative is part of Steamships' long-term commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Prime Minister Marape has been vocal in calling on industrialised and developed countries to take concrete actions to reduce carbon emissions and protect small island nations in the Pacific from the adverse effects of global warming.

EastWest Transport Delivers Desks and Chairs to Primary School Students

13 June 2024

On Tuesday 11th June, EastWest Transport (EastWest) proudly completed a successful partnership with the Rotary Club and Soroptimist International to donate 50 brand new student desk and chair sets to Baruni Primary School.

An official handover ceremony was held at the school where representatives from EastWest, alongside partners from the Rotary Club and Soroptimist International, presented the desks and chairs to the students and school’s Head Teacher, Ms. Irene Gaudi.

"On behalf of the entire Baruni Primary School community, I want to express our deepest gratitude to EastWest Transport, the Rotary Club, and Soroptimist International for this donation," said Ms. Gaudi. "Desks and chairs are often a significant expense for schools in Papua New Guinea, and this generous contribution will make a world of difference for our students."

The desks were made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Rotary Club and City Mission’s carpentry program in Port Moresby, who constructed the desks using locally sourced materials. EastWest played a vital role by assembling and delivering the sets to the school, ensuring they were ready for immediate use.

"EastWest Transport is committed to supporting the surrounding communities in which it operates," said Nicholas Bury, Commercial General Manager, Steamships Logistics.

"Baruni village is home to many of our valued employees, and we recognized a critical need to support the local school. This donation of desks and chairs will contribute to enhancing the learning experience for students and create a more comfortable and conducive learning environment, allowing students in Baruni to thrive and reach their full potential.”

EastWest Transport's collaboration with the Rotary Club and Soroptimist International demonstrates the company's commitment to investing in the local community. This donation of desks and chairs will have a lasting impact on the learning experience of countless students at Baruni Primary School.

Steamships Celebrates World Environment Day CEPA

12 June 2024

To sustain our environment, collaborative efforts—regardless of scale, are essential to effecting enduring change for the benefit of both present and future generations. Steamships through its stakeholder relations donated 300 native tree species, including wheelie bins to the Conservation & Environment Protection Authority’s (CEPA) World Environment Day celebratory activities. The theme for the 2024 World Environment Day observance focuses on Land Restoration, Desertification, and Drought Resilience, emphasizing the urgency of collective action in addressing these critical environmental issues. These provisions will directly support planned activities in five schools across NCD and Central Province.

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