Kabara villagers awarded boat master licenses

Kabara boat drivers with their certificates after the three-day workshop. Picture: SUPPLIED

FORTY-five villagers from the island of Kabara in the Lau group will now be able to operate fibreglass boast carrying up to 20 gross tonnage weight.

This after they were awarded with Boat Master and Class 6 licenses after the completion of three weeks of intensive Boat Master License (BML) and Restricted Master/Engineer Class 6 (RM6) training facilitated by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji awareness officers.

The participants are from the villages of Lomati, Naikeleyaga, Udu and Tokalau on Kabara in upper Southern Lau group.

Those who received RM 6 licenses can operate boats up to 12 nautical miles from shore.

The training for Kabara villagers is part of numerous trainings organised and facilitated by MSAF personnel in its bid to ensure all Fijians adhered to and complied with the highest standards of safety at sea.

“The issue of safety should always be top priority for all Fijians, especially for those living in the outer and maritime islands,” acting MSAF CEO Captain Philip Hill said.

“Our prime objective is to ensure that the highest standards of safety is followed and as regulators of the maritime shipping industry, we strive to provide the necessary training to better equip our boat masters outside our towns and cities.”

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