Parliament learns role of Suva Radio 3DP coastal station

Fiji’s Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola. Picture: FT FILE

THE Suva Radio 3DP Radio Coastal Station broadcasts maritime safety information to ships within Fiji waters.

Fiji’s Minister for Defence and National Security Ratu Inoke Kubuabola informed Parliament of this yesterday while responding to Government MP Mataiasi Niumataiwalu’s oral question.

Mr Niumataiwalu had asked Ratu Inoke on the functions of the 3DP Coastal Radio Station.

Ratu Inoke said the maritime safety information was promulgated by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji and it stipulated hazards and dangers to navigation of which seafarers were to be aware of.

“The Suva Radio 3DP will broadcast this essential maritime safety information every six hours,” Ratu Inoke said.

He said the coast radio station also monitored radio distress frequencies and coordinated radio traffic and relayed ship to ship and ship to land radio traffic.

Ratu Inoke said this meteorological information was also broadcasted to ships along with navigational safety information.