AIMING to combat the issue of pollution in the Suva Harbour, a joint inspection of all vessels in the harbour began on Tuesday earlier this week.
Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) CEO Neale Slack said the team, consisting of officials from MSAF, Fiji Ports, the Department of Environment and the Fiji Navy, had been boarding vessels for inspection.
And Mr Slack said this would be a continuous exercise to monitor pollution.
"Oil spills are an ongoing challenge as spillages are on most occasions undetected," he said.
"Sea Port Management Act 2005 and Sea Port Management Regulation 2008 have provisions for the prevention of oil, rubbish or other pollutants being discharged or thrown into the area of a port or that approaches a port."
Two spills in recent weeks have led to an outcry from environmental groups and from yachties anchored at the Suva Yacht Club.
On Wednesday, several large patches of oil were noticeable around the Suva Harbour, and oil washing up to the foreshore.
Meanwhile, South Pacific Metals manager George Chambers said the company had cleared the oil from the spills using a biodegradable chemical degreaser.
Mr Chambers said they had ordered two oil booms to prevent repeat incidents, and added the company would not take apart any more vessel until that was in place.