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4 Franchise Trips For Victoria Marine

The Victoria Marine Limited has four franchise trips for this month. Pita Cokomata, the company manager shipping, said for the MV Brianna it has three franchise trips and one for
18 Jan 2017 11:00
4 Franchise Trips For Victoria Marine
MV Brianna berthed at Port Mua-I-Walu, Suva yesterday. Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

The Victoria Marine Limited has four franchise trips for this month.

Pita Cokomata, the company manager shipping, said for the MV Brianna it has three franchise trips and one for the MV Sea Rakino.

“The MV Brianna will leave for its franchise trips to upper southern Lau on January 10 and January 17,” Mr Cokomata said.

On January 24, he said the vessel would go for its franchise trip to North Vanuabalavu.

He said passengers to these areas should make their bookings early to avoid disappointment.

“We’re not going to take extra passengers,” he said.

Mr Cokomata said they were aware of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) warning on overloading.

In a  media release, MSAF chief executive officer John Tunidau said, “Overloading of passenger ships is an offence and is unsafe, and Shipowners/Operators/Masters, who engage in this practice, are liable to face criminal charges and administrative action in accordance with the Maritime Transport Decree, 2013. All ships must also ensure they have all the required Life Saving Equipment such as life jackets and life rafts, and passengers and crew are made aware of how to access them during emergencies.”

He said non-compliance with the Maritime Legislation could result in criminal prosecution, suspension or cancellation of master’s Certification of Competency, detention of the ship and up to $100,000 in fines.

The company’s other vessel, MV Sea Rakino, had sailed to Cikobia on January 9 and on January 16 it left on its franchise trip to Yasawa.

 

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