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MSAF Installs New Navigation Buoys In Suva Harbour

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) supervised the installationof two Atlantic-2600 Navigation Buoys in the South & North Thurston Patches, in Suva Harbour, to assist ships in safely navigating
28 Jun 2017 11:00
MSAF Installs New Navigation Buoys In Suva Harbour
MSAF Installs New Navigation Buoys in Suva Harbour

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) supervised the installationof two Atlantic-2600 Navigation Buoys in the South & North Thurston Patches, in Suva Harbour, to assist ships in safely navigating through the Suva Harbour.

The Navigation Buoys were installed on 14th June, 2017.

“This buoys help ensure that foreign and local ships can navigate safely in their approaches to King’s wharf and other berthing facilities in Suva,” said MSAF CEO, John Tunidau.

Installation of buoys he said was part of the initiatives taken by MSAF to progress Fiji’s Aids to Navigation (AtoN) system to International Marine Aids to Navigation & Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) ‘Region A’ standard.

He said the operation was jointly carried out by MSAF in collaboration with Government Shipping Services using the ship Vatulawa.

Divers from Dive Centre Fiji Ltd he said were also contracted to assist in the operation.

“The new buoys are maintenance free, one of the most advanced, rotationally-moulded polyethylene buoys in the world. Both are equipped with self-contained solar LED marine lanterns for night navigation.”

He said two similar buoys were earlier installed in the Levuka Passage to replace the historic lighthouse that was destroyed by TC Winston.

-SOURCE: MSAF

 



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