Cook Islands Ministry of Transport support women in maritime
Monday, 19 May 2008


Two women from the Mangaia community participated in the boatmaster course

As part of their mandate, the Cook Islands Ministry of Transport undertakes boatmaster training to certify small boat operators in the country which mainly includes the menfolk. For the first time last year, the Transport Ministry extended their small boat training and education programme to the wider community and families of the boat operators, including women. The Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWIMA) funded two sea safety training programmes in the Cook Islands, welcoming the opportunity to work in collaboration with the Transport Ministry to further the goals of PacWIMA in the country. The training was conducted by Mr Stephen Simpson, Manager of Cook Islands Maritime Training Centre.


Tokelau Department of Transport heading into best practice
Thursday, 22 May 2008
The barge is used for ship-to-shore transfer of passengers and cargo in Tokelau

On a recent incountry visit to Tokelau’s Apia Liaison Office in Samoa, SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme (RMP) staff assisted their counterparts to draw up a plan of action for 2008 in a matrix of activities with corresponding means of verification and milestones. The Director of Transport, Sakaria (Zak) Patelesio has taken responsibility to ensure that the milestones are achieved for the period 2008 to 2009 in order to progress Tokelau’s maritime issues and achieve improved management and regulation within the framework of their limited resources.

With the matrix of achievements (which lists Tokelau’s fundamental maritime issues and some practical solutions), easily accessible to department staff, Tokelau is heading into the realm of best practice. The three atolls of Atafu, Fakaofo and Nukunonu are regularly serviced by the Tokelauan vesselmv Tokelau and on occasion by the chartered Samoan vessels Lady Naomi or Lady Samoa II. The mv Tokelau is 30.5 m in length with an eight metre beam, 182 gross tonnes and can do speeds of up to 10.5 knots. She takes a crew of nine and can accommodate up to 65 passengers with general cargo. The Tokelau Department of Transport manages the operation of themv Tokelau and continues to work with the Samoan maritime administration and port officials to ensure that the vessel can effectively provide for the shipping needs of the 1,500 Tokelauan population.


Mission to Seafarers Suva branch assists troubled Filipino/Indonesian seafarers
Monday, 12 May 2008

Some of the seafarers at the Mission to Seafarers Centre Suva Branch - the branch

On 23rd February 2008, four Filipino seafarers from a Chinese fishing company came to the Mission to Seafarers Centre, Suva Branch requesting assistance. The four seafarers represented 44 Filipinos and 14 Indonesian fishermen on board theKoyu Maru #1, 2 and 3 . They gave an account of the problems they were facing with their employer and claimed that they were: underpaid wages for the 11 months they were out at sea; not properly fed; sometimes given expired food; mistreated and abused at times; penalised for almost everything; and made to work 15-17 hours a day.

The Mission to Seafarers Suva Branch stepped in and negotiated with the seafarers crewing agent in Singapore for the seafarers to be returned home. The seafarers had signed a contract in Manila but were not given a copy. They were told to make their way to Singapore to see the Crewing Agent – Step Up Marine. They saw the crewing agent and were given tickets to travel to Dalian via Hong Kong and Guang Zhou to join their vessel. The Filipino Association and the Indonesian Embassy in Fiji also liaised with the Mission to Seafarers Suva branch on the matter and fully supported the seafarers during their ordeal.

Tokelau Maritime Administrators’ Secondment
Wednesday, 07 May 2008

Susana Perez (right) and Tyson Wright (left) of the Tokelau Ministry of Transport in the RMP office for the Maritime Administrators Seconment

SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme (RMP) hosted a Maritime Administrators’ Secondment from 5th – 14th March, 2008 in Suva, for two personnel of the Tokelau Ministry of Transport who are involved in maritime administration duties. The need for the secondment was realised after RMP’s assistance visit to the Tokelau Department of Transport (based in Apia, Samoa) in February this year.

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