Pursuant to the Fiji (Fiji Maritime Code) Regulations 2014, this Notice is issued to all ship owners, operators, masters, and officers to emphasize the critical importance of maintaining proper condition of machinery onboard including housekeeping and general upkeep of the ship facilities. The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has previously stressed on the need to meet these requirements to ensure safety and wellbeing of passengers and crew onboard ships. MSAF requires prompt and urgent compliance to the following directives:

  1. All ship owners, operators, masters and officers of ships are required to ensure adequate ventilation for both crew and passengers on board the ship;
  2. Ship owners, operators, masters and officers are mandated to maintain a high standard of housekeeping and general upkeep for all ship facilities for both crew and passengers, including but not limited to, seating arrangements, onboard accommodation (for crew), and washrooms; and
  3. It is imperative that owners, operators, masters and officers ensure the continuous operational status of essential machinery on board the ship. This includes but is not limited to, the main engine supply, backup generators, emergency generators and other related machinery. Regular maintenance and testing are crucial to ensure their reliability during critical situations.

Please further note that MSAF is conducting random Flag State inspections of all ships in line with its mandate to ensure that conditions onboard ships are compliant and continually meet safety standards.

This Directive aims to enhance the safety, well-being, and comfort of all individuals onboard the ship including crew and passengers.

MSAF remains committed to ensuring the highest standards of maritime safety and urges all stakeholders to prioritize the well-being of persons onboard and the effectiveness of the maritime operations.

For further inquiries or clarifications, please contact the Manager Sips Inspection, Mr Sesoni Komaisoso, on +(679) 7706 401 or via email on

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji
15th March, 2024

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