A “Memorandum of Understanding” was signed between the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces yesterday.
The MOU will foresee Government’s responsibility, in putting in place a “SEARCH and RESCUE System” – that will be available in providing prompt assistance to those in distress at sea.
This is in accordance with Government’s obligation under the “International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue 1979”, and future amendments to the “Convention and International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974”.
The other key components of the MOU – are the recognition of the role and competence of the Navy, as government’s maritime enforcement.
MSAF’s Acting CEO – Captain Philip Hill says, the signing means a concerted effort between the two signatories, that will enhance swift response and service delivery from the Fiji Navy and MSAF officers.
The MOU will also see MSAF providing relevant training to the Fiji Naval officers – prior to their appointment as ‘authorised’ enforcement officers.