THE Maritime Safety Authority continues to expect a high level of voluntary compliance from the Maritime industry to the Maritime Transport Decree 2012 and Ship Registration Decree 2012.
Speaking at a stakeholder workshop on the two decrees on Friday, Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Neale Slack said this was because the decree took into account the needs of all stakeholders.
"We expect to have a high level of voluntary compliance because we've actively pursued and gone out to gauge the input and the expressed interest needs of all stakeholders," Mr Slack said.
"And we've incorporated that wholeheartedly into the two new decrees and we'll do likewise with the regulations and you ask yourself why they would not comply," he said.
Mr Slack said the purpose of the workshop was to give all maritime stakeholders a final chance to review the two new decrees and make any suggestions on areas of improvement.
"It is important that they have and do read them. One of the points of note is that in the consultations that we held, very few stakeholders did read the documents coming up to the stakeholder consultations," he said.
"Having said that, we would expect that whatever points of note are made here today, we will heed those and draft them into the two decrees and take them to the Solicitor General's office for vetting," he added.
The new decrees will bring Fiji up to speed with modern law and are expected to be gazetted before the end of this year.