3 Cruise ships to be guarded by 4,000 military personnel during the APEC Summit

Nov 14, 2018

A International military force of warships, fighter jets, and elite counterterrorism units will guard the delegates during the APEC Summit held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Due to a shortage of hotel accommodations PNG government has chartered 3 cruise ships to be used as floating hotels guarded by a force of 4,000 international military personnel.

The cruise ship Pacific Jewel operated by P&O Australia will be stationed at the old cargo wharf and will be used as a floating hotel for more than 2000 journalists from the 21 economies and delegates. The second P&O Australia cruise liner Pacific Explorer will be at T-Wharf in Downtown Port Moresby and Princess Cruises vessel Sea Princess at Motukea. From their moorings within the APEC security zones, the ships will provide accommodation for APEC attendees.

To ensure delegates are safe, the host nation has enlisted military assistance from Australia, the United States, and New Zealand. The Fairfax Harbour in Port Moresby will be closed during the Summit and activities severely restricted 

apec summit cruise ship

There are eight United States Coast Guard boats, working with the PNG Joint Security Task Force, including water police (maritime technique), taking watch of the areas that are out of bounds to the general public, during APEC Leaders Week from November 12-18, 2018. Areas of restricted movement and the main locations that the U.S. coast guard will be patrolling include the APEC Haus and the three cruise ships.

Divers from the joint clearance diving and small boat capability of ADF have impacted and cleared the hull of the MV Pacific Jewel and took this photo.

Pacific Jewel hull divers