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Simione Haravanua
Friday, February 23, 2018

MARITIME New Zealand Authority officers are in the country to provide workshops on how Fiji can enhance its capability in tackling oil spills.

The workshop was held at the Fiji Port conference room where people from the Marine Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and other stakeholders participated.

The workshop is part of an on-going relationship between Maritime New Zealand and MSAF to build oil spills response capability.

Maritime New Zealand planning leader, Dayne Maxwell, said the workshop had been an obligation for the authority in trying to stop oil spills in the Pacific.

"This is part of America and New Zealand's pack plan obligation to support and try to stop oil spills in the Pacific," he said.

Mr Maxwell said MSAF had a good response structure in stopping oil spills in Fiji.

"I must thank MSAF for having the capability in responding to oil spills and they have their own equipment's," he said.

Deputy secretary for Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Lui Naisara said MSAF had a reality test a few months ago during the sinking of container vessel.

"Our very own "state preparedness" was tested a few months ago. This was the current sinking of the MV Southern Phoenix that saw the quick deployment of our oil spill response equipment," he said.

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