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Cabinet endorses Hydrographic Service MOU

Cabinet has endorsed a Memorandum of Understanding between the Fiji Hydrographic Services Office and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office to assist FHS.

The purpose of the MOU is to meet its responsibilities under the 1974 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea.

In a statement, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said UKHO is a world-leading centre for hydrography, specializing in marine geospatial data to support a safe, secure and thriving ocean.

Rabuka said the FHS Office and UKHO have been working closely together since 2016 in terms of hydrographic services capacity building provided by the UKHO to the FHS and liaison for the participation in hydrographic activities and training programs including through appropriate Regional Hydrographic Commissions such as the South West Pacific Hydrographic Commission (SWPHC).

The MOU formalises the engagement between the two agencies.

Fiji Hydrographic Service is administered by the Fiji Navy and is responsible for the provision of hydrographic services required by SOLAS and the International Hydrographic Organisation.

FHS collects, compiles, and collates hydrographic data, maintains and disseminate hydrographic and other nautical information and nautical publications, and maintains and disseminates nautical charts, including authorising charts for use in Fiji waters.

The UKHO is a world-leading centre for hydrography, specialising in marine geospatial data to support a safe, secure and thriving ocean, and has been assisting FHS since 2016.

The MOU formalises the engagement between the two agencies.

The objectives of the MOU are as follows: provide a framework for collaborative activities and cooperation in cartography and hydrography, including SOLAS; facilitate the exchange of hydrographic Products, Data, materials and Services, and the sharing of expertise, in the field of hydrography and related disciplines; and enhance international maritime safety and the protection of the environment.

The MOU will come into effect on the date of the signature and remain in effect until terminated.

Ilaitia Ravuwai
Ilaitia Ravuwai
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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