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‘$100K Fine Or Two Years Jail Term For Illegal Harbour Dumping’

Dumping of any kind of waste in the sea is strictly prohibited. And polluters will face hefty fines and penal­ties if found to be doing this, says Maritime Safety Authorit
11 Dec 2018 11:52
‘$100K Fine Or Two Years Jail Term For Illegal Harbour Dumping’

Dumping of any kind of waste in the sea is strictly prohibited. And polluters will face hefty fines and penal­ties if found to be doing this, says Maritime Safety Authorit of Fiji acting chief executive officer, Captain Philip Hill.

Captain Hill was responding to a recent video which has gone viral, of a fishing vessel allegedly dis­charging sewerage waste in the Suva Harbour.

The video also includes careless dumping of plastic bags and other harmful items and pictures the state of our harbour.

“The fine and penalty is clearly stipulated in the Seaports Man­agement Regulations (2008) under the subheading Dumping near Port – the penalty stated in the Regulation is $100,000 fine or two year’s imprisonment sentence,” said Captain Hill.

“MSAF will not hesitate to take individuals or companies to task for breaching the anti-pollution laws if found guilty.

He also called on the Fiji Ports Corporation Ltd (FPCL) to devise an efficient monitoring system to minimise and eradicate the dumping of all ship waste in port.

FPCL is continuing investiga­tions into the incident after the video was posted online by Cap­tain Johnathan Smith, the Op­erations Manager for Dive Centre Fiji Ltd.

Mr Smith in an earlier report said: “According to the CEO of MSAF, Captain Hill, all these fish­ing vessels are supposed to have a sewage holding tank so that no sewage is discharged within the 12 nautical mile range of any land in Fiji.”

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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