Raising regional maritime safety and security PDF Print E-mail

Friday 27 September 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



Observing international standards is vital to raising regional maritime safety and security. To this end, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is working with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to align current legislation, standards and practice with international standards.


SPC’s Transport Programme organised a week-long workshop on Global Regulations (GlobalReg) and Pacific Island Maritime Laws (PIMLaws) from 16 to 20 September 2013 at its Suva regional office.


The workshop follows the adoption of an Action Plan at the Pacific Forum on Domestic Ferry Safety in November 2012, which called for quicker implementation and enforcement of appropriate maritime provisions and regulations, including the adoption of the PIMLaws. 


Marie Bourrel, Policy and Research Adviser with SPC’s Economic Development Division, said the workshop was an occasion for comparing the GlobalReg and PIMLaws and identifying areas that need to be amended.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 10:57
SPC supports Vanuatu’s maritime priorities PDF Print E-mail

Thursday 26 September 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Transport Programme carried out a series of maritime security and safety compliance audits along with training in Vanuatu on 2–13 September 2013.


A five-member team from SPC conducted an audit on the Vanuatu Maritime College (Luganville, Espiritu Santo) to assess whether procedures, systems, and the teaching curriculum comply with requirements of the International Convention on Standards for Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW Convention), including the 2010 amendments.


Moreover, International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) compliance audits as well as port facility drills and exercises were conducted for the ports of Luganville and Port Vila. The SPC team also conducted STCW and ISPS audits on the Vanuatu maritime administration. 


SPC’s Maritime Security and Safety Adviser, Alobi Bomo said, ‘The compliance audits are conducted by SPC’s Transport Programme at the request of SPC member governments. An ISPS audit is carried out every five years at the ports of entry of the International Maritime Organization member states. The process includes an assessment of security measures in place at the ports.’ 

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:44
CPSC launches call for expression of interest from shippers PDF Print E-mail

Friday 20 September 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



The central Pacific region’s ambition for a more reliable, affordable and sustainable shipping service is making strides after a historic endorsement of a call for expressions of interest by the region’s ministers and officials at the conclusion of the Central Pacific Shipping Commission (CPSC) annual general meeting in Suva today (20 September).


Transport ministers and officials from Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru and Tuvalu endorsed and launched the call for expressions of interest in the presence of representatives of shipping companies and operators that are currently serving central Pacific routes.


Under policies coming into effect on 1 January 2014, CPSC will issue shipping licences to approved shippers with validity period of five years. Shipping companies will be given one month notice for processing of applications.


SPC’s Economic Development Division Director, John Hogan in his opening address acknowledged the extensive work done by CPSC member countries and SPC to operationalise the commission.


Last Updated on Monday, 23 September 2013 09:12

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