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hip own­ers, op­er­a­tors and ship masters should make nec­es­sary ar­range­ments with the Mar­itime Safety Author­ity of Fiji (MSAF) and other stake­hold­ers on the slip­ping or dock­ing of their ship and the re­newal of their ships sur­vey cer­tifi­cate,” a re­cent state­ment from MSAF said.

“If the ship dock­ing or slip­ping sur­vey cer­tifi­cate has ex­pired, the ship can­not be cleared by the MSAF En­force­ment Of­fi­cers on de­par­ture. If the ship de­parted from a re­mote port, the owner can li­aise with the author­ity for an ex­ten­sion of the sur­vey cer­tifi­cate un­til it reaches a ma­jor port such as Suva.”

Mean­while MSAF has warned ves­sel own­ers that they will face the con­se­quences if their ves­sels do not go up the ramp on time.

“It is the ship own­ers, op­er­a­tors and ship masters’ re­spon­si­bil­ity to know their ships cer­tifi­cate and their ex­piry dates,” the state­ment said.

“All com­mer­cially op­er­ated ships need to be slipped or docked ev­ery two years. This is called the dock­ing sur­vey. New ship own­ers that ap­plied for a four yearly slip­ping and dock­ing sur­vey, MSAF as­sess and ap­prove their ap­pli­ca­tions on a case by case ba­sis.

“Such ap­provals are based on the lay­ers and qual­ity of the an­tifoul­ing paints and as ad­vised by the Clas­si­fi­ca­tion So­ci­ety. All com­mer­cially op­er­ated ships need to go through a pe­ri­od­i­cal sur­vey: Fish­ing ves­sels are sur­veyed an­nu­ally; other com­mer­cial ves­sels at ev­ery six months while plea­sure craft are sur­veyed ev­ery three years.

“It is the ship own­ers, op­er­a­tors and ship masters re­spon­si­bil­ity to know their ships cer­tifi­cate and their ex­piry dates.”

MSAF has clar­i­fied that all ships reg­is­tered in Fiji are reg­is­tered in Suva but the Shipping Com­pany can be reg­is­tered in other ports.

“All ships reg­is­tered in Fiji are reg­is­tered in Suva and their area of op­er­a­tion is en­tirely up to their Coastal Trad­ing Li­cense (CTL) ap­pli­ca­tion (Area of Op­er­a­tions),” MSAF stated.

Princess Civa on the slip­way.

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