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Fiji Coastal Navigational Warnings
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Maritime Safety Information (MSI) is promulgated in accordance with the provisions of the SOLAS Convention as amended and Section 101 of the Maritime Transport Decree. MSAF is responsible for MSI and endeavours to keep these MSI up-to-date on the MSAF website. However, it is the responsibility of Masters/Captains of ships to monitor/receive MSI broadcast MSI from the coast radio station.

The three (3) types of navigational warnings are Long Range Radio Navigational Warning (NAVAREA), Coastal Warning and Local Warning (currently not applicable in Fiji).

Information about NAVAREA Warnings

As part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), NAVAREA and Coastal warnings are distributed by the World-Wide Navigational Warnings Service (WWNWS). NAVAREA warnings give ocean-going mariners information they need for safe navigation.

The world is divided into geographical sea areas (NAVAREAs). The image below shows areas which are covered by the international NAVAREA radio navigational warning system, the countries responsible for warnings in each area as well as the coverage of the INMARSAT satellites which deliver the messages. Under the WWNWS, New Zealand is the area Coordinator for NAVAREA XIV. Warnings are labelled NAVAREA XIV and numbered consecutively on an annual basis.

NAVAREAs with INMARSAT footprints

NAVAREA XIV Coordinator

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is the NAVAREA XIV Coordinator, the authority charged with collecting and issuing long range navigational warnings.

NAVAREA XIV Coordinator
Tel: +64 4 460 0110
Mob: +64 27 687 9536 (24 hours)
Mob: +64 27 704 6994 (24 hours)
Fax: +64 4 498 3535
Email: NAVAREAXIV@linz.govt.nz

Coastal Navigational Warnings

Coastal warnings give information for safe navigation within areas seaward of the fairway buoy or pilot station, generally extending approximately 200 nautical miles from the coast. Broadcast information includes, in particular, failures of important aids to navigation, as well as information which may require changes to planned navigational routes and any hazard to navigation.

Many warnings are of a temporary nature, but others may remain in-force for several weeks and may be superseded by Admiralty or Fiji Notices to Mariners. The two notices are originated by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office and Fiji Hydrographic Office respectively.

The warnings are broadcast on HF via Suva Coast Radio Station (3DP) as long as they remain in force as per the broadcasting schedule. No cancelled message is broadcast.

Coastal warnings will not contain meteorological information such as forecasts of gales, storms, cyclones or tropical revolving storms.

National Coordinator

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is the Fiji National Coordinator; the authority charged with collating and issuing coastal warnings for the Fiji national area of responsibility within the NAVAREA XIV region.

National Coordinator
Tel: +679 3315 266
Fax: +679 3313 127
Email: msi@msaf.com.ff

Meteorological Warnings

These warnings are not part of the Maritime Safety Information. The Fiji Meteorological Service is responsible for the preparation of wind warnings north of 25° South. The Meteorological Service of New Zealand has responsibility for issuing these warnings and preparing the warnings south of 25° South.