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Ships To Be Detained If Companies Do Not Meet Safety System

Goundar Shipping Services is one of the notable companies missing from the list of companies that have not complied so far.
29 Jun 2019 14:50
Ships To Be Detained If Companies Do Not Meet Safety System

Shipping companies that do not comply with the Safe Ships Management System (SSMS) will be issued with a detention notice from Monday.

This means that the companies that have not complied with the SSMS will not be able to operate until compliance is met.

This includes all local shipping companies even those involved in tourism.

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji acting chief executive officer Captain Philip Hill said non-compliant ships will be detained accordingly pursuant to Section 40 of the Maritime Transport Act 2013 and Maritime (Safe Ship Management System) Regulation 2014 Reg.18.

He said MSAF was working with compliant shipping companies to service the routes of non-compliant shipping companies from Monday.

MSAF said members of the public are requested to make necessary travel arrangements with the following shipping companies as they have complied with the SSMS.

Mr Hill said 10 shipping companies have shown suitable level of compliance and will be issued interim document of compliance and interim safe ship management certificates upon payment of the two certificates.

The process requires shipping companies to fill in the required documentation regarding the guidelines. Once this is done, MSAF issues an interim certificate for three months after verifying documentation is correct and relevant documentation outlining safety procedures is also on board.

“Upon issue of Interim Certificates, the Ship and its respective Operator will be given a further three months to implement the SSMS 2014 on board, complete its pending documents and prepare for an implementation Audit,” Mr Hill said.

Goundar Shipping Services is one of the notable companies missing from the list of companies that have not complied so far.

Mr Goundar is currently overseas and all inquiries have been directed at him. Emails sent to him remain unanswered when this edition went to press.

MSAF is currently looking at ships which are more than 15 metres in length and currently 16 companies have ships which fit this criteria.

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