SECURING cargo or storage facilities in a vessel will strictly be monitored and boat owners are expected to comply with the new provisions under the Draft Maritime (Cargo Stowage and Securing) Regulations 2014.
Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji CEO Neal Slack said this regulation prescribed the requirements for the stowage and securing of all cargoes other than liquid, gas or solid bulk cargoes, grain, timber deck cargoes and livestock.
"It brings into effect the stowage and cargo securing requirements of Regulation 5, Chapter VI of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 and the requirements of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Code of Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing," he said.
A highlight of the regulation included provisions that require all offshore supply ships that are Fiji ships or are loading at a Fiji port or offshore installation to comply with the cargo stowage, securing and packaging provisions of the IMO Code of Practice for the Carriage of Cargoes.
The regulation orders ship operators to have an approved Cargo Securing Manual for Ships undertaking an international voyage, ships of 50 metres or more in length that undertake a coastal voyage and Ro-Ro (roll- on and roll-off) ships.
The document also requires offshore vessels to comply with additional cargo stowage, securing and packaging provisions of the Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) Code.