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2155 Ships In Authority Database

To date, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji has regis­tered 2155 ships of less than 15 metres in length and 116 ships of more than15 metres in length. Under the
28 Sep 2018 11:00
2155 Ships In Authority Database
Students from the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) with the celebration cake during the World Maritime Day celebrations at Ratu Sukuna Park on September 27, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

To date, the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji has regis­tered 2155 ships of less than 15 metres in length and 116 ships of more than15 metres in length.

Under the Maritime Transport Act and the Ship Registration Act of 2013, MSAF is required to regis­ter all commercial vessels includ­ing privately- owned ships.

The registration is to ensure that an accountable system of mari­time transport is maintained.

MSAF acting chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill said the database would provide vital decision making information to enhance safety at sea and enable quick response to accidents and incidents including search and rescue.

“MSAF continues to support Gov­ernment’s vision of easy access to education to all Fijians by tak­ing the Boat Master and Class Six Master/Engineer training courses to the rural and maritime commu­nity.” Captain Hill said.

He said the initiative started in 2012 and to date MSAF had trained 7690 participants out of which 5716 are registered boat masters and 1974 are class six master engineer restricted licence holders.

Captain Hill stressed that the in­crease in trained boat captains had contributed to the reduction in accidents and incidents related to small boats.

Edited by Percy Kean

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