THE authorities have warned people who travel to and from the islands to be mindful of dubious agents who claim to organise chartered vessels.
Transport Ministry permanent secretary Commander Francis Kean said they had received several complaints from the public.
"There have been numerous complaints of dubious agents that have been going around organising charters out to the outer islands," he said.
"We wish to advise the relevant communities, community leaders and village elders to be mindful of some of these dubious agents."
Cdr Kean said people should seek advice from relevant authorities before doing business with agents.
"If you have any issues regarding the chartering of some of our commercial vessels, go and see the shipping owners or come up to the ministry to seek advice from the director of Transport Planning."
"There have been numerous complaints and to avoid that we want to advice all our travelling public, particularly to the outer islands to seek advice first."
Cdr Kean also warned shipping companies on overcrowding.
"We would like to take this opportunity to advise all citizens who are planning to travel to the outer islands and similarly those who are traveling from the islands to some of the urban centres to be mindful of overcrowding.
"We also advise the shipowners to pay close attention to the provisions in their Coastal Trading Licences to ensure that they abide by the number of passengers they are allowed to carry."
Cdr Kean said shipowners should not cause inconvenience to passengers who travel to and from the islands.