THE Marine Safety Authority of Fiji will be conducting various trainings and awareness programs across the country following the gazetting of several of its decrees.
The Maritime Transport Decree 2013 (MTD) and the Ship Registration Decree 2013 (SRD) came into effect on July 5.
"The MTD regulates the safety aspects of shipping and the protection of the marine environment from unlawful discharges that emanate from ships, pipelines, and offshore installations," CEO Neale Slack said.
"The SRD, on the other hand, regulates the processes, procedures and requirements for the registration of ships. The registration of ships is particularly relevant for ships that carry out commercial activities within Fiji waters."
He said his team would be carrying out vigorous compliance and a continuing maritime-safety drive to assist and enable maritime participants to be in a state of readiness to comply with the SRD.
This included compliance and safety drives with regards to the requirements of equipment and encouraging operators/shipowners to have their ships registered and or surveyed.
Mr Slack said this would also be repeated with the implementation of the MTD.
"Public awareness and educating the maritime industry and general public, training of MSAF officers on their authorisations, drafting of standard operating procedures to align the processes, drafting notices and amending current application forms, the appointment of a maritime appeal authority and marine spill pollution advisory committee and the appointment of a maritime appeals committee."