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New Papua New Guinean Leader for PacTow

03 June 2024

Maritime veteran Gerard Kasnari has taken over the leadership of marine services market leader, Pacific Towing (PacTow). Previously, PacTow's Marine Operations Manager and '2IC' for nearly a decady, Kasnari's ne role of 'Manager Pacific Towing' has him overseeing the day-to-day operations of the business. 

With nearly 40-years' experience in PNG's maritime sector, Kasnari brings a wealth of expertise to the position. Importantly, he has played a critical role in many of the achievements and initiatives (e.g. workforce nationalisation, cadetship programmes, fleet upgrades, regional expansion, and new services) that underpin PacTow's success. 

Kasnari's first role with PacTow was as its HSSEQ Manager and Designated Person Ashore. After being promoted to Marine Operations Manager in 2019, he continued to play a key role in enhancing PacTow's safety systems, processes and performance - including the company's first 5-year LTI-free period. 

Kasnari commenced his seafaring career in 1985 and became one of the country's youngest ships master at just 24 years of age. In addition to his maritime experience, Kasnari also has considerable mining logistics experience, including aircraft and trucking operations. He held supervisor and maager roles with Ok Tedi mining for nearly 14 years, as well as a management position on the Frieda River Project. 

Steamships Managing Director, Rupert Bray, emphasised that Kasnari's "considerable experience in combination with his dedication, commitment, and proven leadership skills make him the ideal candidate to take Pacific Towing forward and continue to deliver exceptional service to its customers."

Kasnari replaces Neil Papenfus, who after 17 years with Steamships, has taken up a position with PNG Ports Corporation. We extend our gratitiude to Neil and wish him every success in his new role as CEO of PNG Ports. 


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