Regional training for simulator instructors PDF Print E-mail

Friday 30 August 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



Instructors from nine Pacific Island States and Territories (PICTs) are in Suva this week (26 - 30 August 2013) participating in a week-long simulator training course for instructors.


The training is organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) with funding from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Technical Co-operation Fund and Singapore through the Singapore-IMO Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on a Third Country Training Programme (TCTP).


SPC’s Deputy Director Transport, Brian Riches said the training is a ‘rare’ opportunity for PICTs to upgrade skills and knowledge, locally as training of this sort usually happens outside the Pacific. He said the main objective of the training is to improve competence of instructors involved in simulator training.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 September 2013 10:09
High level inter-island shipping meeting underway in Suva PDF Print E-mail

Monday 24 July 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



A high-level meeting on strengthening inter-island shipping and logistics in the region got underway in Suva yesterday with about 60 delegates from the region’s shipping industry, government and non-state organisations in attendance.


The three-day meeting is organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).


Speaking at the opening of the meeting, the Director ESCAP’s Transport Division, Dong-Woo Ha acknowledged the constraints and challenges Pacific Island countries and territories face in the delivery of shipping services. 


‘Small island developing states have a number of intrinsic characteristics, such as small land area and population, long distances between islands, large exclusive economic zones, remoteness, exposure to external demand and supply shocks, narrow resource base and exposure to global environmental challenges,’ he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:49
Tuvalu first to update seafarer legislation PDF Print E-mail

Monday 22 July 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Suva, Fiji –



The International Day of the Seafarer on 25 June 2013 held special significance for the Tuvalu government as it became the first country in the Pacific Islands region to pass amended legislation addressing the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention).


The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), with funding assistance from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), has been working with the Tuvalu Government to update this important piece of legislation.


The Chief Executive Officer of the Tuvalu Maritime Training Institute (TMTI), Iefata Paeniu, who led the working group responsible for completion of the amended legislation, said this development would have a positive impact on the Tuvaluan economy. 

Last Updated on Monday, 22 July 2013 12:30

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