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Maritime Office In Nabouwalu To Benefit 16,000 People

The new Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji Office in Nabouwalu, Bua, under the banner of the Fijian Government is expected to benefit 16,000 people in Bua. Costing around $127,000,
21 Jun 2017 11:07
Maritime Office In Nabouwalu To Benefit 16,000 People
The Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (right) with the Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea (right) in Nabouwalu, Bua. Photo: Josaia Ralago

The new Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji Office in Nabouwalu, Bua, under the banner of the Fijian Government is expected to benefit 16,000 people in Bua.

Costing around $127,000, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was pleased to open the MSAF office because it was aligned and designed with Government’s commitment made during the United Nations Ocean Conference in New York, USA, earlier this month.

The PM is on a three-day tour of the Northern Division.

Mr Bainimarama said Government aimed to ensure that our ocean was safeguarded and developed in a sustainable manner.

He said Fiji was an archipelagic state with more than 300 islands and a maritime boundary of 1.3 million square kilometres that relied heavily on shipping trade facilitation and other socio economic development initiatives.

He was encouraged to witness that MSAF effectively promoted Government’s vision in serving the people by taking its services to stakeholders and the public.

“The establishment of the new office shows Fiji’s commitment to having healthy oceans. The protection of the marine environment is part of the Fijian government’s priority,” he said.

With the increased trade and commercial activities expected for Vanua Levu both locally and internationally the PM said the office would allow MSAF to better serve existing and future maritime stakeholders operating in the Bua Province.

“This will also ensure greater compliance of our ships including improved safety of seafarers and the traveling public. This will also boost coordination of maritime travel, trade facilitation and sustainable ocean practices in Bua.

MSAF chief executive officer John Tunidau said this was part of MSAF’s strategy to have all MSAF office in the main divisions of Fiji.

Mr Tuinidau said the office was working with Government’s initiative to take its services to the people of Fiji.

The mata ni tikina of Vuya, Isake Rakula, acknowledged the establishment of the new office saying this brought accessible services to Bua and they would no longer have to travel to Labasa to have their boats registered and go through maritime safety regulations.

Note: The safety-related functions of MSAF include:

  Encouraging a greater acceptance by the maritime industry of the industry’s obligation to maintain high standards of maritime safety through:

 Comprehensive safety education and training programs;

 Accurate and timely maritime safety advice; and

 Fostering an awareness in industry management and within the community generally, of the importance of maritime safety and compliance with relevant legislation.

 Promoting full and effective consultation and communication with all interested parties on maritime safety issues.

Today, the PM will open the suspension bridge at Korotari in Labasa, open the roadshow in Saqani, hand over a fibreglass boat and engine and commission solar home system at Nabua Village and Nabua Primary School in Cakaudrove.

Tomorrow, he will commission the solar home system at Napuka Secondary School, Karoko Village and Vunisavisavi and then he will end his tour with the handing over of a fibreglass boat and engine at Nakobo Village.

The PM returns to Suva on Friday.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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