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Authorities join hands

Salaseini Moceiwai
Saturday, April 19, 2014

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will work with the police and navy to monitor the Northern waters once the registration grace period ends on September 5.

The authority's Labasa compliance and enforcement officer Joji Vulakoro on Thursday said this was being done to control the illegal operation of boats.

"We will be working closely with the law enforcement and other border patrol agencies as we focus on ensuring all boats operating in Northern waters are licensed and registered with MSAF," he said.

"We are now into the grace period where we request all the owners and operators to register their boats with MSAF. The owners should have a boat master licence and also have their boats registered.

"They should also have necessary safety gear such as life jackets, flares, radios, flotation devices and fire extinguishers.

"So far, we have registered more than 100 boats since the inception of the grace period last year."

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