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Bula and welcome to the Pacific Maritime Watch Issue 66 - from the Pacific Community (SPC) Transport Programme, the Economic Development Division (EDD) at Nabua, Fiji.


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Pacific Maritime Watch Issue 66 

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 08 January 2016 14:20
 
Maritime experts assess compliance with international rules PDF Print E-mail

21 September 2015 

 

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Suva, Fiji – Pacific Island countries often face issues setting up effective systems that ensure ships entitled to fly their national flag comply with international regulations for maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment. 

 

From 1 January 2016, mandatory audits under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Member State Audit Scheme (IMSAS) are expected to commence to verify compliance with relevant international maritime conventions and the IMO Instruments Implementation (III) Code, as the audit standard.

 

A workshop has opened today in Suva, Fiji, organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the IMO and Australian Maritime Safety Authority, to assist those Pacific Island countries currently preparing for their IMO Member Audits to better understand the process, including work that may be required to address audit findings.

 

“The workshop will prepare maritime administrations in Pacific Island countries to be audited by the IMO and identify potential failure in discharging their obligations and responsibilities as flag, port and coastal states in relation to the IMO Conventions they are party to,” the SPC Deputy Director, Transport, Economic Development Division, Thierry Nervale, said during his opening address.

 

“The workshop is designed to provide the participating maritime administrations from the Pacific Islands region with advice on the structure and mechanism necessary for enhancing the capacity and effectiveness of a maritime administration in the implementation and enforcement of the provisions of the mandatory IMO instruments and the IMO Instruments Implementation Code,” the IMO’s Head, Member State Audits, Department for Member State Audit and Implementation Support, Tatjana Krilic said.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:16
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Pacific maritime officials strengthen policy drafting skills PDF Print E-mail

20 October 2015

 

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Suva, Fiji – Spanning the world’s largest ocean, Pacific Island countries and territories remain heavily reliant on maritime transport to move passengers and cargo.

 

For many Pacific small island states, maritime transport is critical for survival as it provides access to emergency medical care that would otherwise not be available to people on isolated islands.

 

Access to reliable, affordable and safe maritime transport services must be reflected in appropriate national maritime transport policies to promote and facilitate the implementation of international maritime conventions, particularly those adopted by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO); many of which have been ratified by Pacific Island countries.  

 

A four-day workshop opens today in Suva, jointly organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the IMO to assist Pacific Island countries and territories in developing policies to regulate the maritime transport sector. 

 

As the Pacific has adopted over 40 IMO conventions and 20 protocols, there is an ongoing need for relevant officials to be upskilled in the area of developing maritime transport policies.

 

Areas included in the training workshop this week include maritime administration, ship safety and security, marine environmental protection and port services.

 

“It is fundamental for countries to have in place a maritime transport policy as a high-level tool for good governance of maritime affairs,” the SPC Deputy Director, Transport, Economic Development Division, Thierry Nervale, said during his opening address. 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:07
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