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Forum Places Emphasis On Training And Management

The Pacific Island Country Territories (PICTs) will place more emphasis on training and management in domestic shipping as a result of a domestic shipping forum held in the past week.
01 Apr 2015 06:48
Forum Places Emphasis On Training And Management
Participants at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community three day forum

The Pacific Island Country Territories (PICTs) will place more emphasis on training and management in domestic shipping as a result of a domestic shipping forum held in the past week.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community conducted the three-day forum following a first one that was held in 2012.

Fiji has been playing an active role as far as training and development is concerned.

This is evident with development of Fiji National University’s Fiji Maritime Academy managed by Sri Lankan prestigious maritime school, Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC).

It also evident in the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s development and adoption of new laws all pertaining to safety of life at sea.

This is with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s introduction on 34 new maritime and shipping regulations that are in effect.

The regulations come under the Maritime Transport Decree of 2013 and the Ship Registration Decree of 2013.

The discussions were centred on how SPC member countries had progressed with the Action Plan developed in 2012.

The outcome of the Pacific domestic ferry safety forum is expected to be reported to the Conference on the enhancement of safety of ships carrying passengers on non-international voyages.

This will be held in Philippines on April 24.

Director of SPC’s Economic Development Division, Captain John Hogan said members understood what relevance of the 2012 Suva Action Plan in raising attention on safety management and challenges.

“The plan is to continue to be the platform underpinning effort to promote and encourage a safety risk assessment and management culture at national and regional level,” Captain Hogan said.

To progress this effort, PICTs representative agreed to prioritise training and management focusing on surveyors, maritime administration staff, and ship inspectors.

“They need to adapt PIM Laws (Pacific Island Maritime Law) and improve enforcement; strengthen enforcement of standard operating procedures.”

 

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