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Ministry Targets Compliance

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji are working together to get vessels to comply with the requirements governing their activities. Deputy Secretary for Transport and
01 May 2015 08:12
Ministry Targets Compliance
Lui Naisara.

The Ministry of Infrastructure and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji are working together to get vessels to comply with the requirements governing their activities.

Deputy Secretary for Transport and Energy Lui Naisara made presentations this week before the parliamentary subcommittee on natural resources on the issue.

Mr Naisara said since Fiji was a maritime island country, there were a lot of vessels out there and they were trying to make sure they all complied with the law.

“One of the biggest targets which the Government is trying to do is to get vessels compliance also recognition of our seafarers,” he said.

“When we get them all to comply and all are recognised with the other countries, we have the international organisations’ obligations to fulfill. So those are very important.”

He said some of the compliance issues were the registration and the licence to take boats out to sea.

Meanwhile, he said, vessel owners were encouraged to invest in automatic identification system or a Global Pointing system (GPS) for their vessels.

“For big boats, these are a requirement. But for smaller boats it’s still now an optional thing, but we are encouraging them to do it,” Mr Naisara

“Some gamefishing boats have it too.

“They have invested in it because they take out foreigners to gamefishing so if something happens, they are easily identified.

“It is investment to have an automatic identification system something similar to vehicle tracking system.”

He said the system was to help the vessel owners when they were out at sea.

“It helps because if anything happens, you know the movement and that automatic identification system is linked to a certain network so some people have invested and it helps them a lot,” Mr Naisara said.

farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 



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