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Life Rafts Decide The Number Of Passengers A Ship Can Carry

The number of life rafts on a ship will decide on the number of passengers it can carry. This was confirmed by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) chief
11 Jan 2017 11:13
Life Rafts Decide The Number  Of Passengers A Ship Can Carry

The number of life rafts on a ship will decide on the number of passengers it can carry.

This was confirmed by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) chief executive officer, John Tunidau.

He was replying to a query raised by the managing director of the Goundar Shipping Limited George Goundar.

Mr Goundar said that he was not happy with the number of passengers approved by the MSAF for his vessel Lomaiviti Princess IV (LPIV).

He said that MSAF only approved his vessel LPIV to carry 25 passengers.  Mr Goundar asked, why 25 passengers when his vessel is bigger than the Liahona II?

“My vessel LPIV is bigger than Liahona II, but MSAF allows the Liahona II to carry 300 passengers,” he said.

In reply to this Mr Tunidau said that during the initial survey of the ship LPIV, it was found that only one Life Raft was fitted on-board which could carry 25 passengers. Therefore number of passengers who were allowed to travel were approved to correlate with the lifesaving appliances (LSA) on board the ship.

“It is against Safety Regulations to carry passengers without the required number of LSAs such as Life Jackets and Life Rafts. All ships are required to carry LSAs with 100% compliments of the passengers and crew of the ship.”

He said Goundar Shipping had been made aware of this and advised by MSAF surveyors to increase the number of Life Rafts on their ship to meet the total number of passengers and crew. This he said would then reflect the number of passengers allowed to be carried on board.

Meanwhile the LPIV will be going up for dry dock at the Fiji Ships and Heavy Industries Limited (FSHIL) at Walu Bay, Suva this week.

This was confirmed by Mr Goundar.

Speaking to Fiji Sun FSHIL operation manager Lopeti Radravu said, his staff were working on the quotation for the dry dock.

Once the quotation is done, Mr Radravu says, they will inform Goundar Shipping on when the LPIV can go up.

Mr Goundar said, one of the changes that would be definitely done was the replacement of the bottom plate of LPIV.

A stronger bottom plate he said had arrived.



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