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Up Vessel Clearance Speed, Says Tunidau

The timely clearance of vessels that visit our shores is a priority, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence heard yesterday. Acting Chief Executive Officer for Maritime Safety
22 Jul 2015 11:20
Up Vessel Clearance Speed, Says Tunidau

The timely clearance of vessels that visit our shores is a priority, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence heard yesterday.

Acting Chief Executive Officer for Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) John Tunidau insisted this was just one issue that needed to be addressed through the maritime conventions being discussed by the committee.

The committee is meeting to hear submissions on eight key International Maritime Organisation conventions.

The International Mobile Satellite Organization Convention 1976 (IMSO) and the Convention of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention 1965) had no impact on industries in Fiji said Mr John Tunidau.

However, Mr Tunidau said: “It is necessary for us to rectify the IMSO Convention… so that Fiji is represented in these foreign bodies so that we have a voice in there so that we can tell them what is affecting our maritime sector otherwise when the Convention comes out, it will show how the developed States want and they voice out the issues affecting them while we in the Pacific are missing out.

“The FAL Convention 1965 has already been rectified by FRCA in 1973, the only thing that is required in that is a guide line or policy for the Government that all agencies involved for clearance of vessels when they come into our shores to ensure that we facilitate the timely clearance of this vessels.”

The ratification of the IMSO Convention will improve maritime communications and negotiations on satellite in communications.

The FAL Convention hopes to prevent unnecessary delays in maritime traffic especially for visiting vessel arriving in our ports.

Deputy Secretary of Transport Lui Naisara said that while Fiji was moving forward with international maritime legislation, it had also made progress with national legislation like the Maritime Transport Decree and the Ship Registration Decree.

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