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Vanuatu participated in Pacific MoU on domestic ship safety standards

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The First Memorandum of Understanding on Flag State Implementation for domestic ships in the Pacific Island Region meeting is held in Suva, Fiji on 25 September.

The meeting is coordinated and facilitated by the Pacific Community (SPC) and attended by representatives from Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu.

The purpose of the Pacific MoU is to provide PICTs with a framework to harmonise their domestic ship safety standards and cooperate in or coordinate their activities concerning Flag State Implementation, with the overall goal to enhance the safety of life at sea.

Pacific MoU is a world first as several regional MoUs have been signed in the world but these address Port State Control on foreign vessels calling port.

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