Fiji has embarked on positive initiatives by championing the way forward for collaborations to reduce greenhouse gas from ships.
This was highlighted by Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services, Hon. Jone Usamate, at the welcoming ceremony of the Secretary-General for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Mr. Kitack Lim at the Fiji Maritime Academy in Suva.
“Fiji’s Presidency of the COP23 has also been significant for the Pacific in driving the plans for a low carbon maritime transport sector.”
“In our efforts to meet the target obligations under the Paris Agreement of, holding a global temperature well below 2°C, the Fiji Government has introduced a number of national policies and strategies to address the issue of greenhouse gas,” Minister Usamate said.
The Minister then escorted Mr. Lim to plant a tree to conclude the ceremony.
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MSAF yesterday farewelled it's Naval Architect Mr Mune Edo San. Mr Edo-San spent 3 years with MSAF through a joint partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica-alumni FijiJICA PR). MSAF would like to wish Mr Edo -San well in his future endeavors. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank You for your contribution to Fiji Mr. Edo San. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors. Hope to see you in Japan in the upcoming RWC. Loloma from Kini San 😂, Mala San, Pena San, Meli San, Jerry San, Laine San, Tu Lai San, Robbie San, Seko San, Nani San, Ana San, Ofa San, Mere San & Alesi San. Miss you & God Bless Mr. San.
MSAF Staff have dedicated its time and effort to help Goundar Shipping Limited ships and company comply. This have occupied MSAF staff who have other duties to attend to. The incompetence of GSL have made it difficult to fast track compliance. MSAF is currently working with GSL staff for the past 5 days trying to get Lomaiviti Princess V compliant. Remaining ships have not been inspected. ... See MoreSee Less
Hope that good sense will prevail between the two parties and this issue is resolved amicably for the sake of the traveling public and the workers. Thank you MSAF.
Safety is paramount and should never be compromised. MSAF thanks for keeping our shipping service safe.
Vinaka MSAF........GSL you better pull-up your socks and be COMPLIANT.
This is good for the travelling public.
Quality is better than Quantity, having the largest number of ships will not solve the problem.
Calling GSL staff incompetent is not a good sign there will be a good resolution quickly. I pray that for the sake of the travelling public the matter is quickly resolved.
MSAF incompetencies have landed themselves in a situation where their resources are now stretched to its limits needless to say GSL always knew of their noncompliance but did not do anything until they were forced to.Hopefully this fiasco is sorted out once and for all for the safety and convenience of the traveling public and businesses and never entertained again in future.
Take your time MSAF! Everyone of us have had to comply with rules around us. E.g LTA with our vehicles, Fiji Higher Education Commission with our Higher Institutions, Engineering Certificates with our Houses, etc. Do your job well and issue Certificates accordingly.
MSAF no masi polo to gsl if they can't comply with the regulations like the other shipping operators who by the way have complied within the given time frame gsl has no excuse. Gsl is sitting back laughing at the media reports that the islands are running out of food supplies and may be thinking to himself they need me more than the regulations
MSAF don't be swayed by Goundars close camaraderie with the PM...just ensure that all their ships are compliant with existing legislation.....the laws are for everyone...please contemplate the future...do not be blamed for negligence if anything catastrophic happens to any of these ships whilst on a trip to one of the islands....
If all of us have to follow the msaf regulations why does GSL have special treatment ?? The law is the law
One rule should apply to everyone. Onus on GSL to follow the rules and stop complaining.
Hope everything goes through...need to go to Savusavu this weekend
Good one for the safety of our people in sea...common GSL jus compliant and everything will be smoothly run....
Vinaka msaf.. wananavu one department in Fiji doing there job to the letter...
How come it was operating all this while if it was not compliant in the first place.. some serious questions to be answered here??
Seems like Mr Goundar is waiting for his top brass friends to make a move...sorry bhai, no more short cuts. Passengers safety should be your top priority to which you totally ignored coz money is more important to you. Vinaka MSAF ,well done.
Vinaka MSAF !
We ca pepol of kadavu need ca service of gsl back again .interlink their service is not good enough.
Isaaa....taveuni.....SA da Mai leqavata ena vuku ni waqa
Fiji was represented at the 27th Seminar for Port- State Control Officers in the Asia Pacific region which was held in Port Vila, Vanuatu over 4 days. Fiji was represented by MSAF's Port State Control Officer Iliesa Kelevi Batisaresare. Participants were lucky enough to experience first hand the tradition and culture of the people of Vanuatu as they got the chance of visiting a Ni-Vanuatu village.
The Sea Route Licensing (SRL) that kicks in from January 2020 will support increased economic activity in the maritime islands and encourage efficient and timely usage of Government port facilities.
Maritime transportation stakeholders attending the SRL Consultation Programme at De Vos on the Park in Suva this afternoon were informed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service, Hon. Jone Usamate, of Government’s intent to continuously improve safety rules and standards.
“For me as the Minister, the most important factors to licensing are that- one, it should look after the interest of the consumer, that is, the travelling public and secondly, it must ensure that the maritime transportation industry remains sustainable and profitable,” Minister Usamate said.
“Fiji’s international and domestic trade is heavily reliant on the maritime industry where approximately, 90 per cent of our trade is through maritime transport.”
Representatives of major shipping companies were given the opportunity to provide their input on the implementation of SRL.
The consultation, which was organized by the Ministry in conjunction with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), was also attended by the Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission, which will regulate fares once new licensed routes come into effect, as well as the Consumer of Fiji.
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Good move !!!!!Shipping giants are becoming greedy trying to poke their nose into profitable routes thus risking smaller business (shipping companies). why not let all companies share equal routes with equal opportunities.good example is see what happened in Tavueni to Natuvu/ Buca bay route ,brand new landing craft was serving well but had to move out because of lack of laws on sea routes .