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New MSAF Law Under Scrutiny

Ship owners around the country will meet in Suva next month to discuss the recent move by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), in stopping ships that are more
28 Jan 2015 10:08
New MSAF Law Under Scrutiny

Ship owners around the country will meet in Suva next month to discuss the recent move by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), in stopping ships that are more than 20-years from servicing our waters.

Speaking to the Fiji Sun yesterday Ship Owners’ Association chairman Joe Tagi says, from the meeting they will know where they stand on the issue

MSAF, has announced ships that are 20 years or older will no longer be registered to service our water with effect from January 1, this year.

The changes are in accordance with the Ship Registration (Amendment) Act 2014 in which, MSAF says, will ensure safety standards and encourage vessel owners to bring in new ships.

Most of the ship owners contacted referred all questions to Mr Tagi who said, a general statement would be issued after the meeting.

“It’s going to be in two weeks time,” he pointed out.

“We need to look at the content of the law first. The statement given was just a general statement. We only found out about it through the media so whatever the content is, we need to find out if there is a provision for us in the law. We need to find out if there are other options available,” Mr Tagi said.

He added that there have been a lot of concerns raised by the general operators but all those would be discussed in their meeting.

 

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