NDMO places restrictions on shipping

THE National Disaster Management Office had restricted all shipping vessels movement especially inter-island vessels due to the adverse weather condition being experienced in Fiji.

National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director Anare Leweniqila said they had required the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji to restrict all movement of vessels and fishing vessels because the weather.

“We trying to ensure that the general public is protected during the storm which is why we restricting boatowners from travelling out at sea,” he said.

“For people who are not adhering to government’s advice, Government is here to protect the general public’s safety and it’s your responsibility to ensure the safety of you and your family

“Our responsibility is to provide the advice and the guidance to the general public and responsibility to follow the advice is on the individual. We hope individuals will make the right decisions and better choices in terms of travelling.

Victoria Marine Ltd director Josateki Tagi said as of Monday afternoon, all their vessels were moved to Draunibota, which is the cyclone shelter area for vessels in Suva.

“Our services or operations will start next week Tuesday. Shipowners and mariners have all been well informed about the weather and so most would have prepared well,” he said.

According to the public advisory given by the Department of Information, Yasawa and Mamanuca Waters, Southwest Viti Levu Waters, Vatu-i-Ra and Kadavu passages, mariners can expect storm force winds with very high seas and damaging heavy swells within 50 nautical miles of centre.

For southern Koro Seas and southern Lau Waters, expect northwest to easterly winds 25 to 30 knots, gusting to 40 knots with rough to very rough seas.

Winds further increasing to damaging gale force with high seas and damaging heavy swells from tomorrow.

For rest of Fiji waters, expect northwesterly winds 25 to 30 knots, gusting to 40 knots with rough to very rough seas.

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