TMM operates 7 days a week satisfying requests ranging from a bag of ice to the bunkering of 1,5000,000 litres of diesel fuel.
The ice would come from the Ship’s Chandlery. Operating underneath the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby, it is the largest in PNG. It carries electronics and other equipment for the boating industry. A wide range of parts for Volvo Penta and Mercruiser marine engines is carried and, if you haven’t got your own, a charter boat service is available for game fishing enthusiasts or for those wanting a more peaceful trip to the islands for a picnic in the sun.
At the other end of the scale TMM, in association with Shell PNG, operates a deep water bunkering operation and a fuelling station at the new marina. This includes 2 ‘dumb’ barges which carry from 95,000 to 700,000 litres of fuel. They are used to fuel the fishing fleet out of Port Morseby as well as local container ships, small coastal craft, Navy Patrol Boats and even overseas warships.
A direct pipe feed is available from the main shore storage tanks to a loading platform in the harbour. This pipe is capable of carrying 3,000 litres per minute. It is used by coastal fuel tankers supplying the mining and timber industries.
TMM has been operating for 15 years and has naturally expanded its services over that period to accommodate PNG’s development into the world at large. Dalco International, an associated company, has only been operating for 4 years. In that time it has specialised in industrial, marine and electrical engineering. It sells and services engines, generating sets, electronic equipment and the useful Emmerson Liebert range of uninterruptable power supply systems.Fully qualified technicians find no job too hard for them, whether it is fixing a radio, replacing a bilge pump or carrying out a complete overhaul on a large marine or industrial engine.
The latest development is the Electronic Engineering workshop which is under construction. It will be able to repair HF, VHF and UHF radio equipment and a string of other marine devices such as autopilots, plotters, radar, PLCs, generating set controls and the remarkable GPS (Global Positioning System) which uses satellites to locate itself with astonishing accuracy.