The Man Behind PPV Manning

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PPV Captain Manning described his job as risky and adventurous.

While inspecting the ship, he seemed proud of where he is now.

First Constable Alfred Kawang entered the Bomana Police College in 2003 at the age of 24, unsure of where his future would take him.

After more than a decade, he found himself commanding a vessel on the high seas guarding PNG waters as part of the maritime police.

He is now 43 years old and hails from Sumkar district in Madang. He commands the Manning PPV.

When the Post-Courier caught up with it, the ship and other police ships were providing security for the Hiri Moale festival when the lakatoi (double-hulled boat) sailed onto Ela beach, completing its journey from the village of Manumanu in the central province last Saturday.

He worked for two years at the police headquarters after completing his six-month training in Bomana.

He joined the water police because of his love for the sea and coming from a maritime province.

In 2009, the department sent him for further training at Madang Maritime College to study engine qualification.

In 2012, he was again sent back to study the safety of life at sea (SOLAS).

In 2017 he was among other colleagues trained by Maritime Trainers New South Wales Australia in preparation for the 2018 APEC Summit held in Port Moresby.

“I was part of the team trained by Australians in the handling of small boats. “The same year, I was again sent to Madang to study coxswain for guard boats.”

Coxswain is a person who steers a boat, racing boat or other boat. Their job is to keep the boat on track to achieve their race goals, as well as making tactical changes throughout the race. He said water policing is difficult and there are many challenges.

“In my experience, we travel a lot in the Maritimes and it’s interesting and risky because our work depends on the weather.

“If the weather is bad, you will have to use all your survival skills. A lot of survival skills like firefighting, first aid are learned as a member of the water police.

He said that to become an officer at sea, one had to be certified by the National Maritime Safety Authority to drive a boat.

He is married and the father of five children.

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