Maritime surveillance extends to Pacific region

Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu visit the National Fire Authority Booth during the Search and Rescue Roadshow in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND

MARITIME surveillance for the nation’s agencies extend not only to Fijian-controlled areas, but other countries in the Pacific region as well.

Minister for Defence Inia Seruiratu said it was imperative for the country to obtain optimal level skill sets.

“I noted that Fiji, in its maritime SAR region, looks after small Pacific Island countries such as Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna for aeronautical SAR,” he said.

“We have an obligation to fulfil not only in Fiji but other countries as well.”

He also noted how important it was for the country to have access to readily available technical advice and technical institutions, and at the same time operational costs minimised by having access to efficient infrastructural costs, efficient telecommunications and being accessible to member countries on a cost effective basis.

“I believe in technology. We must acquire the latest software, gadgets and pertinent equipment to enhance our communication networks and capability to provide timely services.”

Mr Seruiratu said having an effective and efficient system meant not only better services for Fiji and other countries.

“It will also mean that donor countries will be enthused to contribute to and work with us towards the improvement and development of our capability,” he said.

“We are all aware of the risks that our mariners and travelling public is faced with when they opt to travel, irrespective of the mode of travel. Fiji has been fortunate not to have experienced these major accidents that would require mass rescue techniques.”

More Stories