34th Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) Conference
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 21 January 2008

Mr. Ishmael Kako of Solomon Islands represented the Pacific International Maritime Law Association (PIMLA) at the 34th MLAANZ Conference held in Canberra, Australia from 24th - 28th September 2007. Accompaning Mr Kako was Mr Tufuga Fagaloa Tufuga, the Maritime Legal Adviser at the Regional Maritime Programme.

Ishmael Kako and Tufuga Fagaloa at the 2007 MLAANZ

The topics that were tabled for discussion at this years MLAANZ meeting included:
Border security
Marine safety
Regulation and prosecution of illegal fishing
Maritime regulations, surveillance and enforcement
new MLAANZ Rules on Arbitration
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) draft convention on carriage of goods at sea
Security Interests and Ships – the New Zealand Personal Property Securities Act 1999 and Proposals for Australian Law Reform.

Collision Investigation
Prominent case law and legislation within the last 12 months.
It was an opportunity to enhance and foster a good working relationship between PIMLA and MLAANZ especially as it was through the work and submissions by Mr. Stuart Hetherington, both a member of MLAANZ and the current Vice President of the Comite Maritime Internationale (CMI) that led to the admission of PIMLA as a “Consultative Member” of the CMI at its Assembly Meeting in Dubrovnik in May 2007.
Mr. Frazer Hunt, the current President of MLAANZ, took an interest in the activities of PIMLA and would look at the possibilities of future collaboration.

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