Level 3, Defens Haus, Cnr Champion Pde & Hunter St, Port Moresby, PNG
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Corporate Information

The National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) was established by an Act of Parliament in 2003. It is the autonomous statutory authority responsible for all maritime safety needs of the general public, especially those in isolated coastal communities, the maritime industries and their customers.

NMSA is the body responsible to regulate maritime safety standards, coordinate Search and Rescue operations and control marine pollution in PNG waters. NMSA also fulfils Papua New Guinea’s obligations under international conventions through implementation of national and international maritime laws.

NMSA’s principal responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring a cleaner marine environment – Prevent and control ship-sourced maritime pollution in PNG waters
  • Complying to safety standards – Ensuring maritime safety through effective regulation and implementation of maritime safety standards
  • Saving lives at sea – Coordinate search and rescue operations


To be a leading maritime regulator.


We take pride in being our nation’s maritime regulator for safety, search and rescue coordination and pollution prevention.

Corporate Values:

We are:

  • Safety led
  • Inclusive and collaborative
  • Performance and service oriented
  • Dynamic and talent driven
  • Ethical, fair, transparent and accountable

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