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Maritime Travel Restrictions Outlined

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services in consultation with relevant maritime stakeholders wishes to recommend the following on all inter-island shipping movements.
01 Apr 2020 12:25
Maritime Travel Restrictions Outlined
Kadavu passengers loading their cargo early yesterday at Port Mua-i-walu.

The Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services in consultation with relevant maritime stakeholders wish to recommend the following on all inter-island shipping movements.

1. SMALL CRAFTS AND YACHTS

For small crafts that intend to travel carrying important provisions between Viti Levu and closer islands – please call Maritime Surveillance Centre (MSC) on 3315380 and notify the centre on their travel intentions.

The following information must be conveyed:

  • Name of Boat Captain;
  • Name and Number of Crew (Max of 3);
  • Cargo;
  • Departure and Destination Point;
  • MSAF Issued Boat Number; and
  • Phone Contact.

For further clarifications and queries, please do not hesitate to contact Fiji Navy on 9904618 or 7356367.

2. RO-RO (roll-on roll-off) AND CONVENTIONAL VESSELS

For enquiries about any services provided by Ro-Ro and conventional vessels servicing the economical and uneconomical routes, please contact the Director of Transport – Faranisese Kinivuwai on email faranisese.kinivuwai@govnet.gov.fj or call on 9983245/ 3389717.

Furthermore, the following steps must be taken by all shipping and truck companies:

  • Vessel operators are to allow trucks and drivers to embark.
  • Vessel operators are to keep a register of details for all drivers
  • All drivers are to wear Personal Protective Equipment at all times.
  • Shipping operators are to discourage crew members from unnecessarily disembarking at ports and jetties and socialising at these points.
  • For inter-island shipping, shipping operators and crew are to offload cargo and freight at a designated location on the jetty or port.
  • Drivers can now move with their vehicles and deliver in outlying islands.
  • Truckers and vessel operators are to ensure that proper screening takes place by filling in the necessary form.
  • Members of the public collecting freight are to collect from this point, practising social distancing. They are not to board the vessel under any circumstances.
  • All turaga ni koros to liaise with Itaukei Affairs for further information.

3. ALL FISHING-RELATED ACTIVITIES

Please note that fishing licence for subsistence and commercial purposes will be allowed during the curfew hours, as long as fishermen leave their home ports well-before curfew hours.

For any fishing-related activities and clarifications, please contact Ministry of Fisheries on 9966745 or on email mere.lakeba@govnet.gov.fj

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