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MSAF set to finish work on beacons

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, February 06, 2018

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will soon complete its beacon implementation in Kadavu waters.

MSAF chief executive officer John Tunidau said the authority was on the verge of completing works in Kadavu. Mr Tunidau said they completed implementing beacons in Vanuabalavu.

"The auth­o­rity is do­i­ng a marvellous job covering ar­eas we identified and prioritised," he said.

"We have finished Draunibota, Suva and the Vanua Levu waters. Work has been completed in the channel markers in the Savusavu area, especially in the mooring areas and we have gone as far as Vanuabalavu. MSAF prioritises its work according to shipping traffic in priority areas, the amount of passengers involved and the risks."

Meanwhile, last November, Mr Tunidau revealed MSAF had plans to introduce new International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Region A standard beacons.

Mr Tunidau had said this would be done in conjunction with the beaconing and lighthouse works in progress adding the beacons would be of a structure that was more robust and highly conspicuous and effective to mariners with a longer life span.

He had also said the focus was to provide an efficient and effective array of aids to navigation that will enhance safety at sea and certainly save lives at sea and ensuring the protection of Fiji's pristine marine environment.

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