SPC assists Nauru in its maritime priorities PDF Print E-mail

Friday 29 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –

 

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The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) has now become the key instrument guiding countries on ISPS security compliance of their international ports and ships. Over the years, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has been working closely with many Pacific ports to assist in maintaining this compliance.
SPC’s Transport Programme is currently undertaking a number of maritime-related activities in Nauru (25–29 August), as part of SPC’s technical assistance to its member countries.
The International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) has now become the key instrument guiding countries on ISPS security compliance of their international ports and ships. Over the years, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) has been working closely with many Pacific ports to assist in maintaining this compliance.

SPC’s Transport Programme is currently undertaking a number of maritime-related activities in Nauru (25–29 August), as part of SPC’s technical assistance to its member countries.

 

The support by the Transport Programme includes:

• conducting an ISPS audit of the designated authority and Nauru port; and
• providing assistance to Nauru port security personnel in the areas of port facility security officers’ training, maritime security guards’ training, and port workers’ training.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 August 2014 15:44
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Maritime transport augments economic development PDF Print E-mail

Wednesday 20 August 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –

 

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The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to be held in Samoa from 1 to 4 September 2014 presents the Pacific region with a rare opportunity to influence the Post-2015 Development Agenda dialogue and ensure that the unique challenges of the region are put forward on the global stage. Sustainable economic development, which includes sustainable transport, is the focus of one of six plenary meetings that will take place at the SIDS conference. It is also part of the Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogue that will run in parallel with the plenary meetings.

At the Pacific Regional Energy and Transport (Aviation and Maritime) Ministers' Meeting in Nadi, Fiji, in April 2014, which was convened by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), ministers acknowledged the critical importance of hydrographic services that enable maritime surveys to be undertaken, leading to the production of maritime charts that aid shipping and enable development, such as determining locations for new ports for tourism or other economic development and new shipping routes.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:09
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Improving the region’s hydrographic services PDF Print E-mail

Friday 17 June 2014, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –

 

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Through a mutual agreement between Ports Authority Tonga (PAT), the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and Bluewater Craft (Fiji), Tonga will soon see its first proper pilot boat.
PAT signed a historic contract with Fijian company Blue Water Craft on 30 May 2014, commissioning them to build a boat that was specific to their needs and the prevailing maritime conditions.
SPC’s Transport Programme has been requested by the Tongan authority to oversee the construction of the boat, ensuring that it complies with regional ship building standards and is built in accordance with the contract.
At the signing in Suva, Fiji, PAT board chairman Mr Steven Edwards said that this is the first pilot boat built and designed specifically for Tonga.
Safety of life at sea very much depends on high standards of maritime navigation. Hydrographic service units in Pacific Island countries and territories play a critical part in gathering and disseminating the information required for safe navigation. However, these highly specialised services are costly and there is a lack of technical capacity at national level to undertake surveys and update nautical charts.

At the Pacific Regional Transport Ministers meeting in April this year, ministers encouraged members to consider setting up a national hydrographic coordination committee and to support the formation of a hydrographic service unit at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). The ministers tasked SPC with developing a regional approach to the delivery of hydrographic services.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 10:08
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