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Fiji Ports Corporation Limited Collects $31,500 Pollution Fines

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited Collects $31,500 Pollution Fines
Vessels anchored at the Suva wharf.
May 16
15:45 2018

Fiji Ports Corporation Limited collected a total of $31,500 from pollution fines in 2016.

According to Fiji Ports Corporation Limited Annual Report 2016, chief executive office Vajira Piyasena said the issue of dangerous litter and garbage in the harbours continues to be a problem that requires constant attention.

“Garbage enter our ports and harbour environments via numerous pathways, on-shore and off-shore, however, dumping from ships and boats remain a serious problem,” Mr Piyasena said.

“For FPCL, dangerous litter is regarded as litter deposited in a public place likely to cause physical injury, disease or infection to any person coming into contact with it.

“Specifically it relates to any sharp metal, broken or unbroken glass, and any substance of a toxic or chemical nature, and significantly oil, diesel, fuel or grease spill which may be caused by an abandoned or derelict vessel.

“Rubbish from ships, including plastic bags, strapping bands, discarded fishing lines and nets can have a seriously adverse effect on birds and marine mammals as they may inject them or become entangle in them

“This pleasing result has been credited to the company’s daily surveillance programme operated by FPCL’s Pollution Vessel Team (PVT). It is also attributed to a more acute and greater understanding by vessel owners and agents of the consequences of oil spills and poor waste management practices.

“Generally, it is understood that harbour users are becoming better informed to manage and monitor their operations in ways that prevent pollution,” he said.

He said the company continues in its push to incorporating ‘green port’ measures at all Fiji‘s Port of Entry, primarily through initiatives pertaining to its Green Energy and Technology Policy.

“Apart from mitigating potential damage to people, FPCL’s environmental policy now extends to campaigning to port users about the danger debris can cause by smothering of benthic zone animals and plants,” he said.

“Fiji Ports’ management also continues to implement more environmentally friendly technology and energy sources when upgrading operational needs.  It is also actively encouraging the company’s property tenants to be more environmentally aware, especially in regard to waste management practices and energy applications.

“Looking ahead key initiatives planned in this regard include the further development of our Ports Regional Environmental Management Plan with Suva, Lautoka and Levuka councils, and enforcement of  more comprehensive environmental compliance plans for port users and tenants.”

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