SHIPPING companies in the Pacific will soon see the Central Pacific Shipping Commission in charge of regulating shipping in the Central Division.
A statement from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community said the commission's AGM scheduled for next week would most likely feature the endorsement of members for the commission "to become fully operational and have necessary enforcement abilities to regulate shipping in the central Pacific region".
The statement said the initiative to make the commission the regulating body of all shipping agencies in the division had been the topic of discussion at high level meetings for many years.
It said discussions were also brought up at the 2012 Smaller Island States meeting in the Cook Islands, where Forum leaders supported the idea to have the commission control shipping services in the region.
Strong and active support from the governments of Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu had augmented the efforts of SPC in progressing the operation of CPSC.