SEAFARERS – YOU ARE NOT ALONE
The Day of the seafarer is a day widely celebrated by all seafarers not only in Fiji but across the globe. The United Nations sanctioned event is celebrated on June 25, yearly, with this year’s theme Seafarers are key workers, it is important to recognize the essential role that seafarers play in maintaining the transportation of goods and services such as food, medicines and medical supplies to Fiji’s population who live in the maritime islands as well as Islands cut off from the mainland as the result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Seafarers played a pivotal role as a front-liner during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji would like to extend its sincerest gratitude and appreciation to all seafarers who worked tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring the smooth flow of vital goods are not disrupted during the lockdown period.
Echoing the sentiments of the International Maritime Organisation General Secretary Mr Kitack Lim, MSAF’s Executive Chairman Mr David Kolitagane said the Day of the Seafarer pays tribute to seafarers who work round the clock and sometimes are out at sea months on end, away from their family and loved ones, acknowledging their sacrifice and the many issues that they sometimes face when away for a long period of time.
The Authority remains committed to assisting Fijian seafarers whether serving aboard foreign going vessels or local ships during this trying times.
While many Fijians are directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authority had put in place stringent measures to ensure that local seafarers could still access services, this included the automatic extension of certificates for all seafarer’s whose Certificates of Competencies (COC) were to expire during the lockdown period.
The Authority would like to extend its well-wishers to all seafarers who are braving the stormy seas in ensuring that services and vitals goods are delivered swiftly and efficiently to its destinations around the world.