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Maritime Sector Contributes $25m To Economy: Hill

The maritime sector contributes approximately $25million to the national economy annually. Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill made the statement during the World Maritime
03 Oct 2018 10:00
Maritime Sector Contributes $25m To Economy: Hill
Staff and students of the Fiji School of Maritime with the World Maritime Day 2018 cake at Sukuna Park, Suva on September 27, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The maritime sector contributes approximately $25million to the national economy annually.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill made the statement during the World Maritime day celebration at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva last Thursday.

With such a contribution there is a need, he said for youths to take up career opportunities available in marinesector.

“We have a total of 7263 Certificate of Competency and seafarers holders performing tough and challenging jobs, one that are physically and mentally demanding,” he said.

“Whilst they are exposed to high risks and bear personal loss, our seafarers have contributed to our economy both domestically and through remittances.”

Meanwhile Government, he said continues to support up-skilling of sea farers with the vision of having a maritime academy that produces seafarers up to Class 3 Master and Engineering level recognised internationally by the major shipping nations.

“To date the Maritime academy has a student roll of 221 studying Diploma in Nautical science, Marine Engineering and other Certificates of Competencies,” he said.

The Maritime academy, he said, has state of the art simulator for captains and engineers and has a long term plan for the Maritime Academy recognised internationally to conduct Classes 1 & 2 Master and Engineer.

Government in partnership with other agencies strives to strengthen areas to improve the shipping industry and protect the marine environment.

“As a large ocean developing state, we are mindful of the risks involved as approximately 90 per cent of our trade is through maritime trade,” Captain Hill said.

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