Masters’ training to improve safety at sea

COMPLACENCY and negligence are contributing factors that lead to tragedies at sea and it is for this reason Government has been advocating for safety-first for all boat operators.

While speaking at a boat masters training in Ra last week, Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou encouraged participants to become self-reliant and utilise the knowledge gained from the training.

“I urge participants to be aware of safety measures while out at sea,” Mr Tuitubou said.

“There are laws regarding sea travel and precautionary measures that everyone must adhere to.

“This training also provides a pathway for youths to pursue further studies and have more opportunities to find employment as boat operators.”

The training which was facilitated by the Maritime and Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and attended by 80 people, was aimed at creating awareness among participants on regulations and safety measures while at sea.

“All participants must take advantage of such opportunities provided to you. Enhance your capabilities to be a fully-fledged boat captain to operate bigger ships in future,” said roko tui Ra Mosese Rakoroi

The workshop was held at Navolau, Rakiraki and included participants from as far as Wakaya Island, Nadi and from many coastal villages in Ra.

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