The Melanes...

The Barter Family, owners and operators of MTS, have always endeavoured to assist the people of PNG in the remote areas visited by our vessels, by leaving behind a tangible, practical legacy. 

This has resulted in the provision of more than 25,000 double school desks, educational and health services, including rural clinics and educational books and other assistance with the preservation of these unique cultures. The prime funding of the foundation comes from MTS, with the crew of MTS vessels willingly contributing 50% of gratuities received. Many of our clients have also donated towards the Foundation as a means of thanking the people with tangible benefits.

The Melanesian Foundation has been recognized as one of the best examples of sustainable tourism development in the Pacific Region and is one of the reasons why our guests are continually made so welcome in the places we visit.

The Melanesian Foundation is based in Madang, professionally managed with a Board of Directors and is a registered non profit NGO committed to humanitarian work throughout PNG.