Maritime Safety Information (MSI) is promulgated in accordance with the provisions of the SOLAS Convention as amended and Section 101 of the Maritime Transport Act. 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 from the Suva Coast Radio Station, call sign 3DP
The three (3) types of MSI are Long Range Radio Navigational Warning (NAVAREA), Coastal Navigational 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 Navigational Warnings are issued under the auspices of IMO/IHO 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.
NAVAREA XIV Coordinator
Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) is the NAVAREA XIV Coordinator, the authority charged with collecting and issuing long range navigational warnings.
NAVAREA XIV Coordinator
Tel: +640 4577 8030
Mob: +64 27 687 9536 (24 hours)
Mob: +64 27 704 6994 (24 hours)
Fax: +640 4577 8038
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Many warnings are of a temporary nature, but others may remain in-force for several weeks and may be superseded by Admiralty or Fiji Notices to Mariners.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.
All current Coastal warnings in force are under our News & Media section, click here.
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.
Tel: +679 3315 266
Fax: +679 3313 127
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.
Aids to Navigation (AtoN)
The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is the competent authority for the management of visual aids to navigation and have overall authority for the establishment, removal, or alteration of all AtoN. Any casualty or failure to AtoN is promulgated to mariners.
MSAF is an active member of both the IMO and IALA which work together to improve aids to navigation standards globally.
A register of navigation lights is maintained by MSAF and a list is also published in the Admiralty List of Lights and Fiji Nautical Almanac.
Charts and Publications
The official paper nautical charts, hydrographic publications and electronic navigational charts (ENCs) of Fiji waters are published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). For more information you may refer to UKHO website www.ukho.gov.uk. It is the responsibility of mariners to keep all the charts up to date.
|384||Ravi Ravi Point to Mali Island|
|385||Yaqaga to Ravi Ravi Passage|
|386||Yadua Island to Yaqaga Island|
|387||Vatia Lailai to Viti Levu Bay|
|389||Lautoka to Vatia Lailai|
|440||North Eastern Approaches to Fiji|
|441||South Eastern Approaches to Fiji|
|488||Makogai Channel to Nasilai Reef|
|744||Suva Harbour to Koro Island|
|745||Kadavu to Suva Harbour|
|746||Navula Passage to Beqa|
|748||Yalewa Kalou Passage to Viti Levu|
|749||Yadua Passage to Sau Sau Passage|
|750||Charybdis Reef to Koro Island|
|751||Koro Island to Northern Lau Group|
|752||Natewa Bay to Nanuku Passage|
|1670||Plans in Viti Levu|
|1673||Western Approaches to Suva Harbour|
|1674||Eastern Approaches to Suva Harbour|
|1682||Beqa Passage and Lagoon|
|4602||Tasman and Coral Seas|
|4604||Coral and Solomon Seas Adjacent Seas|
|4605||New Zealand Fiji and Samoa Islands|
|4632||Fiji to Tuvalu|
|4633||Solomon Islands to Fiji|
|4638||Fiji to Kermadec Islands Tongatapu|
|F5||Lautoka to Yasawa Islands|
|F9||Kadavu – Western Portion|
|F10||Kadavu – Northern Portion|
|F11||Plans in Kadavu|
|F50||Natewa Bay – Southern Portion|
|F51||Somosomo Strait to Rabi Channel|
|F52||Natewa Bay to Nanuku Passage|
|F53||Nanuku Passage to Lakeba Passage|
|F54||Lakeba Passage to Kabara|
|F100||Plans in the Koro Sea|
|NP61||Pacific Islands Pilot, Vol 2|
|NP83||Lights List: Indian and Pacific|
|NP133||Paper Charts Maintenance Record|
|NP136||Ocean Passages of the World|
|NP204||Admiralty Tide Tables Pacific Ocean|
|NP247||Admiralty Notices – Annual Summary|
|NP294||How to Correct Paper Charts|
|NP281(2)||ALRS: Maritime Radio Stations|
|NP282||ALRS: Radio Aids to Navigation|
|NP283(2)||ALRS Maritime Safety Information|
|NP284||ALRS: Met Observation Stations|
|NP286(4)||ALRS: Pilots, VTS, Ports|
|NP350(3)||Admiralty Distance Tables|
|NP735||IALA Maritime Buoyage System|
|NP5011||Admiralty Symbols and Abbreviations|
|F201||Fiji Nautical Almanac|
Notices to Mariners
Fiji waters are covered by the Admiralty Charts & Publications. Charts & publications should be maintained and fully updated for the latest safety-critical navigational information. The Admiralty Notices to Mariners (ANM) provide all of the data needed to maintain the publications.
ANM contain corrections, alterations and amendments for the UKHO’s worldwide series of Admiralty charts and publications. They are published weekly in several formats but are best known as the weekly bulletins. The notices can be accessed via www.ukho.gov.uk/msi.
Mariners should report immediately of the discovery of new dangers or changes or defects in aids to navigation and of shortcomings in charts or publications to the primary charting authority (UKHO) or MSAF.
Annual tidal predictions for Fiji waters are incorporated in the Fiji Nautical Almanac published every year by the Hydrographic Office, Fiji Navy.
They are also published in the Admiralty Tide Tables (Volume 4) published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. More information can be obtained via www.ukho.gov.uk
Marine Notices provide information to the shipping and broader maritime community on a range of important maritime and marine environment protection issues.
Marine Notices provide important safety related information, general guidance or details about forthcoming changes to legislation such as Maritime Transport Decree, Ship Registration Decree and Maritime and Marine Environment Protection Regulations.
Marine Notices which do not appear here are no longer current and may contain information which is no longer applicable.
All current Marine Notices in force are under our News & Media section, click here.