Pacific Maritime Watch Issue 64 PDF Print E-mail




Bula and welcome to the Pacific Maritime Watch Issue 64 - from the Transport Programme, the Economic Development Division (EDD) of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, at Nabua, Fiji.

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Pacific Maritime Watch Issue 64


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 11:42
Improving search and rescue in the Pacific region PDF Print E-mail

17 April 2015




Noumea, New Caledonia – The Pacific has moved one step closer to achieving a harmonised regional approach to search and rescue capability as promoted in the Search and Rescue Technical Arrangement for Cooperation among Pacific Island countries and territories.


At the Sixth Pacific Regional Search and Rescue Workshop held in Noumea, New Caledonia (13–17 April 2015), Pacific Island delegates have committed to accelerate acceptance of a regional non-binding arrangement to promote cooperation in search and rescue matters among 26 Secretariat of the Pacific Community members.


Also in support of enhanced efforts to save lives at sea, the delegates have undertaken to develop national search and rescue plans and to develop and update national search and rescue legislation.


The workshop was jointly organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and International Maritime Organization (IMO) and hosted by the Government of New Caledonia to support Pacific search and rescue administrators to strengthen and enhance regional cooperation to improve search and rescue capacity in the Pacific region.


This fundamentally humanitarian obligation is backed up by the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue, 1979, which requires that contracting Governments to “ensure that assistance be provided to any person in distress at sea”, and “follow relevant minimum standards and guidelines developed by the IMO”, said IMO Technical Officer, Osamu Marumoto.


Mr Marumoto delivered an appeal for ratification of the maritime search and rescue Convention.


Last Updated on Friday, 17 April 2015 15:07
No agency can do it alone - saving lives through cooperation PDF Print E-mail

13 April 2015


Noumea, New Caledonia – Search and rescue experts are gathering in Noumea this week to improve cooperation and response strategies for saving lives at sea in the vast Pacific region.




Co-hosted by the Government of New Caledonia and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and in partnership with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the workshop from 13–17 April aims to improve maritime preparedness, including focussing on more effective search and rescue legislation, planning and operation.


Pacific Island governments continue to be challenged by search and rescue cases, despite ongoing efforts to prevent them.


Between 2013 and early 2015, there were some 666 search and rescue cases reported in New Caledonia, while Papua New Guinea reported 598, the Solomon Islands indicated some 118 cases, Niue reported 13 and the Cook Islands reported three cases.


While most of the reported cases involved yachts and small boats, there are concerns that with an increasing number of merchant vessels, cruise ships and pleasure craft entering Pacific Islands’ waters, the demand for search and rescue services may also rise.


“The Pacific region faces specific challenges for maritime and aeronautical search and rescue because of its sheer size and the significant resources required,” the SPC Deputy Director-General, Operations and Management, Cameron Diver, said during his opening address.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 April 2015 10:05

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