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MSAF Stands Firm

October 21
10:30 2015

The Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has reminded ship operators that they will not survey or register overseas purchased vessels that are over 20 years old.

This is in accordance with the Ship Registration (Amendment) Act 2014, which came into effect on January 1, 2015.

MSAF acting chief executive officer John Tunidau made the comment in light of concerns raised by local inter-island ferry operator, George Goundar, who had purchased a 36-year-old ship from Canada.

Mr Tunidau said all was currently on hold, pending amendments to the Ship Registration Decree 2013.

Sun Shipping had reported last week that Mr Goundar was having trouble getting his new vessel to Fiji.

Mr Goundar had planned to bring the MV Queen of Chilliwack to Fiji this week.

He had spent thousands of dollars sending over a senior crew of 13 men for trainingin order  to bring the vessel to Fiji.

However, he said, MSAF surveyors had failed to travel to Canada to inspect the vessel.

The vessel went on a sea trial in the absence of MSAF surveyors last week.

When asked for a comment, Mr Tunidau said he would not comment on Mr Goundar’s situation.

However, he said: “MSAF has made it abundantly clear to Goundar Shipping Ltd on all occasions that MSAF cannot proceed on the survey and registration of the new ship until the amendments to the  Ship Registration Decree 2013 is approved by Cabinet/Parliament.”

Mr Goundar is here to check on the situation before deciding what to do with the vessel.

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