Fiji Time: 8:02 PM on Sunday 23 April

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Region still faces challenge

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, April 03, 2014

REGIONAL countries still face challenges in providing safe and affordable maritime transport services, says Secretariat of the Pacific Community director general Dr Colin Tukuitonga.

Speaking at a Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers meeting in Nadi, Dr Tukuitonga said the dependence of Pacific Island Countries on maritime transport had made them vulnerable to increasing shipping costs.

"Although the maritime transport sector is critical for the Pacific region's development efforts and is the backbone to the region's international trade, there continues to be major challenges for many Pacific Island countries," he said.

"For many Pacific Island communities, domestic shipping is the only means of inter-island connectivity and access.

"This places a huge responsibility on regulatory authorities to ensure that vessels operate in a sound, seaworthy condition, posing no danger to the lives of those on board."

He said domestic shipping in the Pacific was not inherently safe, however, recent maritime accidents around the region with many containing common causal factors reinforce the need for greater focus to strengthen safety culture and implement robust safety management systems.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65410.6351
JPY 53.691150.6911
GBP 0.37740.3694
EUR 0.45250.4405
NZD 0.69880.6658
AUD 0.64790.6229
USD 0.48740.4704

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 21st, April, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Epic run
  2. Vehicles collide, man in hospital
  3. Qiliho: Avoid temptations
  4. Another version of history A tribute to the contribution of Fiji Nepalis
  5. Nurses encouraged to lift services
  6. Marshall Islands, Fiji sign deal
  7. Cook book promotes local produce
  8. 'Change' approach
  9. Fiji well placed in capacity building
  10. Farmers urged to take rice production to new heights

Top Stories this Week

  1. Death sparks anger Wednesday (19 Apr)
  2. Students question Attorney-General on salaries of ministers Tuesday (18 Apr)
  3. Cokes17: Maia breaks record Thursday (20 Apr)
  4. Ministry looks into couple's concerns Monday (17 Apr)
  5. Money and gold Tuesday (18 Apr)
  6. Pio opens up Monday (17 Apr)
  7. Sawani cheerleaders Thursday (20 Apr)
  8. Search party finds wreck Tuesday (18 Apr)
  9. 30-year record stands Thursday (20 Apr)
  10. Cokes17: RKS, ACS maintain lead Friday (21 Apr)