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Deal to monitor vessels

Shalveen Chand
Thursday, January 02, 2014

THE Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority and the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji will jointly monitor, control and undertake surveillance of Fiji-registered vessels operating within Fiji waters and beyond.

An agreement signed between the two parties will result in the two organisations having access to vessel monitoring information.

The MOU is aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated transactions and enhance maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment.

FRCA chief executive Jitoko Tikolevu said the agreement would provide MSAF timely information of all vessels entered under duty concession and details of all foreign registered vessels approved to sail around Fiji waters.

Mr Tikolevu said the maritime authority would also be able to know whether duty has been paid for imported vessels that are to be locally registered.

MSAF chief executive Neale Slack said the agreement recognised the demands by Fijians, adding that the two organisations expected positive outcomes from government spending.

Mr Slack said structured sharing of important and often sensitive information was frequently needed to achieve the government's objectives.