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MSAF Continues Investigations On Serious Incidents That Occurred Out At Sea

This includes the death of a Bosun in Ono-i-Lau, the collision of the MV Ohana and the Lomaiviti Princess VIII and the recent fatal incident involving the Joseph P and a fishing boat that resulted in the death of a fisherman.
12 Aug 2020 10:04
MSAF Continues Investigations On Serious Incidents That Occurred Out At Sea

The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji confirms that there have been a number of serious incidents that have occurred out at sea this year.

This includes the death of a Bosun in Ono-i-Lau, the collision of the MV Ohana and the Lomaiviti Princess VIII and the recent fatal incident involving the Joseph P and a fishing boat that resulted in the death of a fisherman.

These cases are rather unfortunate however, MSAF has dedicated resources to try and address these cases at the earliest possible time.

The case of the MV Ohana and Lomaiviti Princess VIII was closed on the 22nd of May, 2020.

The result of the investigation and decision by MSAF was discussed and executed with relevant parties. MSAF managed to close this case within a short period of time.

Investigations into the two remaining cases are continuing with consultation with the Police.

MSAF was notified of the “maritime accident” in Nabouwalu on 30th July,2020. On the same date, MSAF conducted a preliminary investigation and has established a detailed plan and timeline moving forward.

At this stage, MSAF cannot disclose any details until the completion of the full investigation.

The duration of an investigation varies and depends on a case-by-case basis. MSAF takes customer complaints and investigations very seriously and we strive to ensure that cases are also addressed amicably with operators in a timely manner as per our policy.

In addressing the safety of vessels and passengers, MSAF also conducts training and awareness for boat master licenses and refresher courses which are facilitated by the Fiji Maritime Academy. Shipping companies also have policies and standard
operating procedures to ensure that their ships are operating in a safe manner at all times. These policies are also audited by MSAF annually under the International Maritime Organization Standards.

MSAF is also receiving a lot of positive feedbacks from the public through our enforcement officers as we have substantially improved some of our key processes. We wish to thank those customers and operators who continue to work closely with
MSAF.

We also encourage the travelling public to share with us any information to help improve safety for any travel at sea, both for small boats as well as bigger vessels.

We are also working with the Consumer Council of Fiji in addressing customer complaints relating to local shipping services in the country.

This stakeholder engagement is important in ensuring safety of travel at sea for any tourist and for all Fijians.

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