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IMO regional seminar on operational safety of domestic ferries and non- convention vessels
Sunday, 27 June 2010
The above seminar co-hosted by Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Maritime Programme (RMP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was held in Suva, Fiji from 7-11 December 2009. The seminar was attended by participants representing Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and resource people from Bligh Water Shipping Ltd, Samoa Shipping Corporation and RMP.

The purpose of the seminar was to promote awareness among Pacific Island governments on the safety of domestic ferries and non-convention vessels in the context of recent maritime accidents in the region (based on lessons learned from recent accidents and incidents); and to promote the use of regional survey standards in place as well as adopting and adapting “safety regulations for non-convention vessels” by Pacific island governments.


It is also aimed to identify and address specific needs and concerns of the Pacific Island nations in operating domestic ferries and non-convention vessels (based on regional experience in operating domestic ferries and non-convention vessels); and to promote an understanding of the legislative needs of developing and enforcing safety regulations for non-onvention Cook Islands STCW follow-up audit vessels engaged in local, coastal or regional voyages in the Pacific Islands region.


At the end of the seminar, participating countries agreed that the most important issue facing the region at present and one that needs prompt addressing by all Pacific Island countries and territories is the safety of maritime transportation on domestic and inter-island trade.

 

 
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