Regional response

SEVERAL Pacific Island countries and territories have signed an agreement to give a regional response to some persistent issues regarding the safety of domestic ships.

According to Pacific Community (SPC), the memorandum of understanding on Flag State Implementation for Domestic Ships, a global first, was signed by nine Pacific ministers on behalf of their maritime administration last week.

The MoU was signed as part of the Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ meeting in Tonga.

It was signed by ministers from Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Flag State Implementation is the exercise of the jurisdiction and control in administrative, technical and social matters over ships flying the flag of a country. These include inspection, survey and certification of ships to make sure that they only sail if they are certified as seaworthy.

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