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Seafarers Need Rest To Be Effective, Tunidau says

Seafarers Need Rest To Be Effective, Tunidau says
MSAF
May 20
10:21 2017

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is concerned about seafarers overworking and not having sufficient rest.

MSAF chief executive officer John Tunidau yesterday said this during their stakeholders’ awareness and consultation attended by 25 participants at Hotel North Pole in Labasa.

He said about 99 per cent of seafarers fatalities were sailors who were on watch non-stop for 24 hours in the high seas. Mr Tunidau advised that seafarers must have sufficient rest to be able to be alert to avoid accidents and incidents.

“We are also concerned about others who play different roles in the boat such as the cooks and so on,” Mr Tunidau said.

“It is about time for seafarers to have enough rest after a shift of work.”

The consultation also covered the Maritime Labour Convention draft.

“This convention is about the new law for those in Fiji and for those ships coming from overseas. MSAF has stated some regulations which are in this draf, such as, if anything happens to the ship and boat then we have inside information in our department.

“This will also help the Government to locate information in time of need.”

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