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Tunidau: Need For More Port State Officers

One of the main challenges faced by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is the lack of Port State officers. This is since Fiji is the South Pacific’s hub.
22 Jul 2015 10:48
Tunidau: Need For More Port State Officers
John Tunidau

One of the main challenges faced by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is the lack of Port State officers.
This is since Fiji is the South Pacific’s hub.
MSAF acting chief executive officer and manager standards and conformance John Tunidau said they have three officers but there is a need for more.
“If you look at the port of entries in Fiji, it’s not only Suva, or Lautoka, but including Malau and the bauxite mine in Galoa, Bua. The challenge is to train our port state officers,” he said.
“Whenever an international vessel comes into port there is a need to conduct inspections.
“For us the challenge is to ensure that our officers are trained to a level, to meet the Tokyo MOU guideline inspection.”
“MSAF trains people to that level in terms of capacity building and to ensure they meet the required standard and capable to deliver port state control.”
Mr Tunidau said Fiji has benefitted immensely from the Tokyo MOU in order to be on par with international requirements.
“Fiji has benefitted in a lot of technical assistance programmes like the Port State Controls, which is conducted through expert mission.”
He said since 2013, Fiji has been part of the training.
“For three years in a row Fiji has benefitted from this training.
“It involves various specialists from Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and even Japan who come here to train our officers on how to implement these requirements.”


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