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MSAF: Govt Invests In Maritime Training

MSAF: Govt Invests In Maritime Training
From left: Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala, FNU acting dean College of Engineering Salabogi Mavoa, Speaker to Parliament Dr Jiko Luveni, Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji chief executive officer John Tunidau, Fiji Bus Operators Association president Richard Lal and Shadow Minister Transport and Infrastructure Aseri Radrodro during the Parliament Speaker’s Debate in Suva. Photo: Monica Aguilar
October 11
11:27 2017

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has issued a total of 7567 seafarer’s certificates, approximately 585 of these are plying their trade internationally and the rest on Fiji ships on domestic voyage.

This is part of Government’s vested interest in investing into maritime training for local and regional seafarers who attend seafaring course at the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA).

MSAF chief executive officer John Tunidau highlighted this while addressing Parliament last Tuesday.

Mr Tunidau said in doing so, the Government had procured state of the art training equipment costing millions of dollars which included the bridge and engine room simulators, electronic chart display information system ECDIS system and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) system.

He said the FMA is currently recruiting and training lecturers and instructors who will be able to effectively use this training equipment for teaching students from the region who would like to become seafarers and ply the maritime trade.

“Maritime training is a vital component of maritime transport system, since qualified and experienced seafarers will ensure safe, secure, efficient and sustainable shipping movements within Fiji waters and in international waters. It is also a major source of foreign,” he added.



MSAF has trained boat owners, operators, villages, government workers, prisoners for the past 15 years in the boat masters course.

Mr Tunidau said since 2015, MSAF has undertaken class six master engineer restricted training as part of its social obligation to the maritime rural communities to enable boat owners/operators especially in our rural and remote communities comply with the requirements of the maritime legislations.

“In doing so, MSAF has trained more than 13,800 small boat owners/operators to date 9645 of which has been licensed as BM and 1853 licensed as M/E Cls. 6 Restricted.

“Positive feedback has been received from course participants who have secured employment with resorts and commercial boat operators as a result of receiving the boat masters and class 6 master/engineer restricted license training impacting on and making a change in their livelihood,” Mr Tunidau added.

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