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MSAF Calls On Maritime Travelers To Adhere To Safety Rules

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is calling on members of the public to ensure they adhere to and practise safety at all times while traveling this festive season. The
19 Dec 2018 16:18
MSAF Calls On Maritime Travelers To Adhere To Safety Rules
Maritime Safety Authority

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is calling on members of the public to ensure they adhere to and practise safety at all times while traveling this festive season.

The call comes after its enforcement officers conducting boarding operations highlighted several issues during its festive season operation.

Members of the public are advised that any child above the age of one (1yr-old) is counted as a passenger and those below the age of one (1yr-old) are regarded as a minor, this as stipulated in the Maritime Transport Act 2013.

Therefore, any child above the age of one is required to be registered as a paying passenger.

MSAF enforcement officers on duty at Port Mua-i-Walu last night were left with no choice but to withhold clearance for a chartered trip to proceed after members of the public wanting to board the vessel did not register children on the list submitted to key agencies.

MSAF will not hesitate to withhold clearance for any vessel that does not comply with the necessary requirements prior to departure as it will not risk endangering people’s lives during the journey.

MSAF’s acting Chief Executive Officer Captain Philip Hill said a recurring problem is that individuals organising chartered trips are not listing children between the ages of 1 and 5 on their passengers list, which is causing problems for enforcements officers during routine boarding checks.

“We are talking about safety and in any case there is an accident out at sea, children above the age of 1 are supposed to have their own life jackets, those below the age of 1 can be supported by an accompanying adult,” Captain Hill said.

“That is why members of the public are required to register any child above the age of 1 as a passenger, this is for safety reasons.”




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