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MSAF Focuses On Small Boat Operators

  The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is focusing on training boat operators for Boat Master and restricted Master Engineer Class Six. According to MSAF acting chief executive officer Captain
03 Oct 2018 10:00
MSAF Focuses On Small Boat Operators
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The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is focusing on training boat operators for Boat Master and restricted Master Engineer Class Six.

According to MSAF acting chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill majority of accidents on Fiji waters are caused by small boats, open punts and fibreglass boats.

“We have been focusing on training boat operators for Boat Master and restricted Master Engineer Class Six,” Captain Hill said.

“We have noticed that this has dramatically reduced the number of incidents related to the small boats but we still have the occasional incidents,” he said.

“This year we have had two collisions involving small boats.”

He said part of MSAF’s training to boat operators was to teach them what action they needed to take in case they were crossing or were facing each other head on.

“This is to prevent them from both turning in the same direction and then end up colliding. We train them on the rule of the road,” he said.

“It tells you what you have to do when caught in such situation.”

Captain Hill stated that by the end of this year MSAF expects a group of qualified sea farers to graduate from the Fiji Maritime Academy.

“At the moment they have a roll of 221 which is almost a 110 per cent increase from previous years.”

“We are looking at increasing our sea farers engagement internationally also. As you know sea faring is an international trade.

“You cannot stop sea farers from going international, that is what we want them to do to apply their trade abroad because that is where also the money is good for them and also for their families.”

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