Comply with international standards

The Kyowa Orchid which was inspected by the participants at the Port of Suva yesterday. Picture: ANA MADIGIBULI

SHIPS visiting Fiji’s shores comply with international standards set out by the International Maritime Organisation through the various International conventions provided for the safety of ships and seafarers.

This also includes the travelling passengers, security of ports and ships and the conventions ensuring the protection of the marine environment, says Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji CEO Captain Philip Hill.

Capt Hill said the expert mission training workshop being carried out at MSAF has allowed the 16 participants to inspect two ships in Lautoka and Vuda and one in the Port of Suva yesterday.

He said the training was conducted by senior port state control officers in their respective regions in Japan.

“Kenji Inaba is the principal port state control officer in the Kobe District and Norihiro Yabubayash is the vice-principal port state control inspector in the Kinki District, both of whom work for the Transport Bureau of Japan,” Capt Hill said.

“The workshop facilitated by Japanese experts under the Tokyo memorandum of understanding technical cooperation training programmer to upskill and update MSAF surveyors and port state control inspectors in various aspects and activities of port state control inspection.

“Fiji is a member of the Tokyo MOU on Port State Control which consists of 17 member coastal states within the Asia and Pacific region. The authority conducts monthly in-house training on issues relating to port state control or domestic ship surveys.

“Upskilling is done yearly and this is to ensure all relevant MSAF staff members are updated on the amendments to the relevant International conventions, including information on any new developments onboard international ships.

“Training of port state control inspectors is an ongoing process of upskilling MSAF workforce due to the continuous amendments to International convention.”

He said the substandard international vessels were no longer a challenge as substandard vessels were either detained or banned from calling into ports at any of the member states.

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