Audit of ships, companies

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The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will carry out audits of shipping companies and their ships from January 2023.

This is to get ships to comply with the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and the Maritime (Safe Ship Management Systems) Regulations 2014.

The authority’s ship’s inspection manager and officer in charge, Captain Sesoni Komaisoso, said the audit would be carried out on all relevant ships and its respective companies according to Regulation 4, 5, 9 and 11 of the Safe Ship Management Systems (SSMS) Regulation.

“This audit will continue for approximately six months until all eligible ships and respective shipping companies are audited,” Capt Komaisoso said.

“The authority may deem to extend or limit the period of audit subject to its discretion and assessment of the audit progress during this period.”

He said relevant ship owners, companies and ship masters have been put on notice and that full compliance was necessary according to the SSMS Regulations.

Ships and shipping companies will be contacted individually on their scheduled audit dates within the designated period from January 2023 onwards for six subsequent months.

The authority will utilise its powers to fully enforce the ISM Code.

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