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MSAF plans to impose age limit on vessels

Vishaal Kumar
Friday, February 09, 2018

THE Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has plans to re-introduce a limitation on age for second-hand vessels in the country.

MSAF chief executive John Tunidau said this concept was included in their development plans, but it needed to be thoroughly consulted with shipowners in the country before it could be implemented.

"We should have a limitation on age on second-hand vessels for registration in the country.

"We previously had an age restriction in our legislation, which was for ships to be registered in the country to not be more than 20 years," Mr Tunidau said.

"Fiji was the first country in the region to introduce this law, but actually this was amended because of the request of shipowners.

"But we will actually consult on this and see how we can help on the age limit on ships."

He added second-hand ships were a concern for Fiji and other nations because the ships grew older no matter what maintenance strategies owners had in place leading to problems.

"The older the engines become, there is more pollution that comes out from these engines. This concept is a good one for Fiji and the region depending on the consultations with the shipowners because there is always an issue with the costs," he said.

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