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MSAF Technical Team Enhance Skills

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s (MSAF) technical team had the opportunity to undertake a specialised training on the survey and inspection of tourist submarines. The surveyors are now better
18 Nov 2015 10:04
MSAF Technical Team Enhance Skills

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s (MSAF) technical team had the opportunity to undertake a specialised training on the survey and inspection of tourist submarines.

The surveyors are now better skilled in this area of speciality and will now ensure that the Maritime (Novel Ships) Regulations 2014 are effectively implemented and enforced.

The training, a first of its kind to be held in Fiji was conducted by Timothy Wilcox, a United States Coast Guard (USCG) based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Mr Wilcox is a senior inspector with over 18 years experience on tourist submarines.

A similar training was also conducted on Laucala Island, as the island had Fiji’s only tourist submarine, the Deep Flight DF-302.

The team had to observe and inspect the facilities on the marina, the shed, trailer and tender boat.

“This practical and hands-on exercise enabled the MSAF technical team to observe and inspect the operations of the of the Deep Flight DF-302 submarine, its safety operational features, area of operations and its communication systems,” MSAF acting chief executive officer, John Tunidau said.

FOCUS OF THE TRAINING

MSAF’s technical trainer and senior surveyor, Malakai Cakau said the aim of the training was to enhance the United States of America and Fiji Bilateral Technical Assistance, apart from up skilling MSAF surveyors in the survey and inspection of tourist submarines.

“We hope that at the end of the training, the surveyors are able to develop clear views on specific skills and knowledge needed for the effective inspection of tourist submarines.”

The training MSAF stated focused on the importance of submersible inspection requirements including, inspection checklist, pilot qualification and conducting Port State Control inspections.

“The team was briefed on the legislations which are relevant and appropriate to submarines such as the United States Coast Guard Navigation for Inspection Circular (NVIC 5-93) which provides guidance for the Certification of Passenger Carrying Submersibles and Fiji’s Maritime (Novel Ship) Regulations 2014 and its application specifically on submarines.”

Mr Cakau said it was important for the team to understand the need to develop a Safety Inspection Survey Checklist on submarines, to understand the requirements of a Safety Management System (SMS) on submarines and the importance of developing an audit checklist for submarines’ SMS.

“Conducting audits on a regular basis is important and understanding the concept behind Fiji’s Maritime (Novel Ship) Regulations 2014 will assist them greatly with the auditing process.

“That is why it is important that they understand the relevant legislations and implement accordingly,” Mr Cakau said.

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