The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji is calling on members of the Public to ensure they adhere to and practice safety at all times while traveling this festive season.

MSAF enforcement officers on duty at Port Mua-i-Walu on Tuesday night were left with no choice but to withhold clearance for a charted trip to proceed after members of the public wanting to board the vessel did not Register children on the list submitted to key agencies.

MSAF’s Acting Chief Executive Officer- Captain Philip Hill said a reoccurring problem is that individuals organizing charted trips are not listing children between the ages of 1 and 5 on their Passengers list, which is causing problems for enforcement officers during routine boarding checks.

Hill said safety is important in any case there is an accident out at sea so children above the age of 1 are supposed to have their own life jackets, those below the age of 1 can be supported by an accompanying adult, stipulated in the Maritime Transport Act 2013.

MSAF will not hesitate to withhold clearance for any vessel that does not comply with the necessary requirements prior to departure.

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