All Masters of Ships are advised of their obligation to report damaged and/or missing Aids to Navigation (AtoN) under Section 10 of the Maritime (Fiji Maritime Code) Regulations 2014 and Paragraph 15.19.1 of the Schedule contained within the same regulations.
Furthermore, Regulation 9 of the Maritime (Aids to Navigation) Regulations 2014 provides that –
- It shall be the responsibility of a ship master which has damaged, fouled, or destroyed an aid to report the incident within 24 hours to the Chief Executive Officer of MSAF.
Furthermore, all ship owners, operators, masters, crew and the general public are reminded that it is an offence to interfere with an Aid to Navigation as set out in Regulation 15 of the Maritime (Navigation Safety) Regulations 2014 which provides that –
(i) No person may tie a ship to any aid to navigation without the written permission of MSAF or if the aid to navigation is privately owned, by the owner of that aid to navigation.
(ii) No person may damage, remove, deface or otherwise interfere with an aid to navigation.
Any person found not adhering to the above provisions commits an offence and shall be liable to a fine.
MANAGER SHIPS INSPECTION
22nd November 2021