SEA ROUTE LICENSING DISCUSSED

The Sea Route Licensing (SRL) that kicks in from January 2020 will support increased economic activity in the maritime islands and encourage efficient and timely usage of Government port facilities.

Maritime transportation stakeholders attending the SRL Consultation Programme at De Vos on the Park in Suva this afternoon were informed by the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service, Hon. Jone Usamate, of Government’s intent to continuously improve safety rules and standards.

“For me as the Minister, the most important factors to licensing are that- one, it should look after the interest of the consumer, that is, the travelling public and secondly, it must ensure that the maritime transportation industry remains sustainable and profitable,” Minister Usamate said.

“Fiji’s international and domestic trade is heavily reliant on the maritime industry where approximately, 90 per cent of our trade is through maritime transport.”

Representatives of major shipping companies were given the opportunity to provide their input on the implementation of SRL.

The consultation, which was organized by the Ministry in conjunction with the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF), was also attended by the Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission, which will regulate fares once new licensed routes come into effect, as well as the Consumer of Fiji.