Newsflash
A Samoan Success Story
Wednesday, 14 March 2007

It is always a pleasure to report on a success story, and the one that has occurred in Samoa is no exception. For many years inshore fishermen had been using double-hulled catamarans built out of aluminium called alias.  These vessels were built locally to a well-respected international design. These small vessels, powered by outboard motors situated in a deep well aft, worked perfectly in the waters of the lagoon or waters outside the lagoon, but close to shore. Because they had double hulls they provided a stable fishing platform and because they were constructed out of aluminium they were light. Outboard motors could be taken ashore for easy servicing. They seemed to be perfect for the job for which they were designed.

Then, someone discovered tuna were present in the waters of Samoa, but some several miles from shore.  Fishermen found that tuna were more valuable than bottom fish, and went out in their alias to where the tuna were to be found, more than 50 miles offshore sometimes. The fact that they had to go further out and the seas were rougher, for longer periods of time, for long-line fishing meant that the alias had to be built bigger. 

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Samoan alias

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Happy New Year from RMP staff
Monday, 22 January 2007

A very happy and prosperous 2007 to you all. RMP staff welcomed the dawn of the new year with a planning retreat in Nadi that was attended by executive committee members of the regional maritime associations - PacMA (Pacific Islands Maritime Association), PacWIMA (Pacific Women in Maritime Association), PIMLA (Pacific International Maritime Law Association) and APP (Association of Pacific Ports). 

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Fijian takia (canoe)

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Port Security - Fiji
Thursday, 07 December 2006

ImageSuva port facility continued to operate at Security Level One as the Fiji Military Forces commenced their planned “clean up campaign”. The designated authority officers responsible for port security are in contact with the port security officers daily as both offices are in the FPCL tower at the Suva port facility.

The Suva port PFSO confirmed today that the port continues to operate as normal without any military interference. Neptune Shipping container vessel “Captain Tasman” departed early this morning and cargo operation is well underway on the Maersk Asia, presently alongside and scheduled to leave on Wednesday morning.   

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Port Security - Tonga
Thursday, 07 December 2006

The civil unrest in Nuku’alofa on Thursday 16 November came as a surprise to the region.

The cruise liner “World” was in Nuku’alofa port when rioting started. The Nuku’alofa PFSO in his update to SPC’s Regional Maritime Programme office, Suva was somewhat relieved that rioting did not extend to the port area. Port security personnel controlled all operations within the port security regulated area while the Tongan Navy provided additional security along areas adjacent to the port barriers.
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