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MSAF Sends Out Notice

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has sent out a notice on “Precautionary Measures during Tropical Cyclone Season” to all involved in the shipping industry. MSAF chief executive officer
21 Dec 2016 11:00
MSAF Sends Out Notice
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The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has sent out a notice on “Precautionary Measures during Tropical Cyclone Season” to all involved in the shipping industry.

MSAF chief executive officer (CEO) John Tunidau reminded all ship masters, ship owners & ship agents for foreign & local ships, pilots, port management companies/operators, marine & yacht clubs that the tropical cyclone season is from 1st November 2016 to 30th April 2017.

“All are required to take necessary precautionary measures to keep your ship safe,” he said in the notice.

Any action taken he said must not pose undue risk on other ships within the sheltering area.

 

MSAF has handed out a sample table below that indicates the strength and expected damages near the tropical cyclone.

Category 1 Tropical Cyclone. Average Wind (km/h) 63 – 89. Strongest gusts ((km/hr) Below 125 Central Pressure (hpa) Below 995. Typical Effects – Negligible house damage. Damage to some crops, trees and caravans. Craft may drag moorings.

Category 2 Tropical Cyclone. Average Wind (km/h) 90 – 124. Strongest gusts ((km/hr) 125 – 169 (Destructive winds) Central Pressure (hpa) 985 – 971. Typical Effects – Minor house damage. Significant damage to signs, trees and caravans. Heavy damage to some crops. Small crafts may break moorings.

Category 3 Severe Tropical Cyclone. Average Wind (km/h) 125 – 164. Strongest gusts ((km/hr) 170 – 224 (Very destructive winds) Central Pressure (hpa) 970 – 856. Typical Effects – Some roof and structural damage. Some caravans destroyed. Power failures likely.

Category 4 Severe Tropical Cyclone. Severe Average Wind (km/h) 165 – 224. Strongest gusts ((km/hr) 225 – 279 (Very destructive winds) Central Pressure (hpa) 955 – 931.  Significant roofing loss and structural damage. Many caravans destroyed and blown away.  Dangerous airborne debris. Widespread power failures.

Category 5 Severe Tropical Cyclone. Severe Average Wind (km/h) Above  224. Strongest gusts ((km/hr) Above 279 (Very destructive winds) Central Pressure (hpa) Below 931.  Typical Effects – Extremely dangerous with widespread destruction.

Mr Tunidau has advised all Masters to take early action and preventative measures based on good professional judgement combined with the observance of good seamanship practice to ensure the ship under their command is made safe.

“Masters must listen to all marine weather bulletin and tropical cyclone updates issued from the Fiji Meteorological Office and transmitted through Suva Coast Radio Station (3DP) and the local radio stations.”

According to Mr Tunidau ship safety is the Master’s responsibility therefore the Master must take all necessary action to keep the ship safe at all times.

Ship owners he said must provide all necessary support to masters of their ships to ensure the ship is kept safe during the passage of a tropical cyclone.



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