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South Korea Boosts Our Navy Services

The South Korean government yesterday handed over a scanner to the Republic of Fiji Navy that would bring its tracking and safety services at par with international obligations. The Commander
10 May 2017 14:02
South Korea Boosts Our Navy Services
From left: Head of the Fiji Hydrographic Office Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Gerard Rokova, South Korean Ambassador to Fiji Kim Seong-in, and Commander Fiji Navy Captain (Navy), Humphrey Tawake at the Naval Base at Eliza Street

The South Korean government yesterday handed over a scanner to the Republic of Fiji Navy that would bring its tracking and safety services at par with international obligations.

The Commander Fiji Navy Captain (Navy), Humphrey Tawake received the device from the South Korean Ambassador to Fiji, Kim Seong-in at the Stanley Brown Naval Base at Eliza Street, Walu Bay.

The HP HD Pro 42-in Scanner is the latest acquisition of the Fiji Hydrographic Office to bring them up to par with international obligations with regards to safe passage for vessels in Fijian waters.

Head of the Fiji Hydrographic Office Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Gerard Rokoua said the device would scan all its paper charts.

“And using those scanned images will digitise and start working towards having digital maps of our waterways in the form of electronic navigation charts,” LCDR Rokova said.

Captain (Navy) Tawake thanked the South Korean government.

“Fiji is a maritime nation but most of our maritime regions have not been surveyed and with this we will meet our national obligation and international obligation to ensure the safe passage of all vessels that pass through our waters,” Captain  Tawake said.

Mr Kim said: “We are interested in enhancing the capability and utilisation of the Fijian Navy and we also appreciate the participation of the Navy in the international arena.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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