A TEAM of trainers from the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji has begun workshops on the new Maritime Transport and Ship Registration Decree in the Western Division.
MSAF CEO Neal Slack said the training conducted with assistance from the Fiji Police Force, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption would focus on accident investigations.
"There is a team in the West undertaking training by the police in accident investigations as well as various other skills from the police, FICAC and also the DPP's office which will be ongoing for every officer in the organisation," he said.
He said the team would ensure the continuation and expansion of the awareness program, especially to remote areas.
"We want to ensure that they inform people about the existing legislation but also educate and bring them up-to-date with the change and transition with the new legislation.
"We are in the process of recruiting three additional teams which will involve a small craft surveyor, an awareness individual and an admin support person to support them."
The Ministry of Works, Public Utilities has confirmed the new decree would be enforced on March 5 next year.
"Now there will be a mobile operation through all the remote and rural areas to ensure that when the 5th of March 2014 does come around, we — with a sense of assurance — will know that every person is being given the opportunity to hear, to be given awareness and to comply with our survey registration."