Port Denarau Marina in conjunction with Tourism Fiji was once again part of the Monaco Yacht Show which was hosted at the iconic Port Hercules in Monaco from the 26th to 29th September 2018. The event is the world leader event for superyachting and has been hosted since 1991. Port Denarau Marina has been part of this event biennially since the past 8 years.More
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The Port Denarau Marina in collaboration with Pacific Energy Limited on Friday carried out a marina oil spill exercise in preparation to deal with such incidents.More
The Fiji Yachting Industry will be well-represented during the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show at Monte Carlo in Monaco.
The event is held on September 26 – 29.
As you may be aware, on the 15th May, the Craft Risk Management Standard for biofouling on all vessels arriving into New Zealand (the CRMS), came into force. The CRMS aims to reduce vessel biofouling by requiring vessels to take out preventative measures and maintain a clean hull before they arrive into NZ.
The enforcement date marks a transition from the last four years, where vessels were encouraged to comply voluntarily, to one where arriving vessels must carry documentation showing one of the three measures in the standard has been applied.
These measures are:
- a) Cleaning the hull within 30 days prior to arriving in NZ and providing MPI with documentation of that clean; or
- b) Conducting continual hull maintenance using best practise, such as IMO biofouling guidelines, and providing MPI with documentation of that management; or
- c) Conducting hull treatment using an MPI-approved provider within 24 hours of arriving in NZ and providing MPI with documentation of the scheduled treatment.
MPI advises all owners and operators of vessels arriving into New Zealand to familiarise themselves with the Guidance Document accompanying the CRMS, and the Frequently Asked Questions fact sheet, available on the MPI website.
Please be aware that all vessel documentation can be subject to verification upon arrival to New Zealand. As such, vessels must carry all biofouling documentation on board, as these may be requested by MPI officers. If, upon verification the documentation provided by the vessel is insufficient to prove compliance with the CRMS, further action may be taken to manage the biosecurity risk. In order to reduce any arrival delays or on-arrival directions for action by MPI relating to biofouling, please ensure that arriving vessels have valid documentation detailing biofouling management actions taken on-board the vessel.
As MPI has been informally requesting biofouling documentation over the last year, has given industry a four year lead-in to comply, and has taken a proactive communication approach regarding these requirements, MPI anticipates industry to take a proactive approach to being aware of vessel arrival requirements before vessels departs for New Zealand. MPI is also likely to take a less favourable approach to vessel operators and their agents that do not inform themselves of all the necessary requirements before entering New Zealand territory.
Please also be aware that there are no approved cleaning operators in New Zealand. Removal of any macrofouling off international and short-stay vessels is an offence under the Biosecurity Act 1993. As the intent of the CRMS is to manage the risk offshore, MPI advises all operators and owners of vessels to conduct regular inspections and proactive hull cleaning before they arrive into New Zealand territorial waters.
Frequently asked questions
What documentation should be carried on board?
Verifiable evidence that one of the three measures has been undertaken, such as:
- Antifouling certificates, including information on antifouling coating (AFC) application date, type of antifouling applied and if it is applied to niche areas.
- Reports from a recent hull and niche area inspection, with photos/video.
- Reports from the most recent cleaning of the hull and niche areas, with photos/video
- Records of contingency planning if a vessel falls out of its operational profile.
- Biofouling Management Plan and record book
o See guidance on what to put in your vessel’s Biofouling Management Plan
The information included within this documentation should be sufficient to show that the vessel has carried out one of the three measures outlined in the CRMS. For example, a vessel may carry a Biofouling Management Plan and Record Book; however, if these documents are audited by MPI and do not show records that biofouling on the vessel has been managed, then the vessel will not meet the requirements.
What will MPI do to verify the accuracy of the information provided to MPI?
Upon arrival, information provided to MPI may be verified. The risk profile of the vessel, and the quality of the documentation carried on board will determine what, if any, further actions are required. Verification will take place through conversations with the operator or person in charge and by conducting verification inspections. This can include checking that the information provided in the Advance Notice of Arrival, and the Master’s Declaration is correct, inspecting records of biofouling management, asking to inspect sea strainers and marine growth prevention systems, and studying the vessel’s voyage history.
Will MPI continue to issue biofouling letters to vessels?
At this stage MPI will no longer issue letters to vessels stating their biofouling risk rating. The purpose of these letters was to inform vessel operators of the upcoming requirements and to help promote best practice hull maintenance. Under the CRMS regime, high risk vessels and a percentage of low and medium risk vessels chosen for verification will be contacted for further information regarding biofouling documentation. If MPI does not contact you within 48 hours of the submission of the vessel’s arrival documentation, no further biofouling information is required at that time.
Please be aware, however, that all vessels are subject to verification upon arrival to New Zealand. As such, vessels should carry all biofouling documentation on board, as these may be requested by MPI inspectors. If, upon verification the documentation provided by the vessel is insufficient to prove compliance with the CRMS, further action may be taken to manage the biosecurity risk.
Vessels that are chosen for verification and cannot prove they are compliant with the biofouling standard (via documentation) may be subject to an MPI-directed dive inspection. MPI will communicate with the agent and vessel Master if a dive inspection is required. If vessels are found non-compliant (there is biofouling on hull that is in breach of the thresholds) they will be directed to either manage the biofouling risk or to leave NZT.
Currently, approved options for managing biofouling or treating biofouling on vessels in NZ are limited to hauling out or dry docking for vessels less than 120 meters at an MPI-approved Transitional Facility (TF). There are currently no haul out, dry docks or other treatment options for vessels larger than 120 meters.
Can you clean your vessel in-water in New Zealand?
Under the Biosecurity Act 1993, all macrofouling (anything other than a slime layer) on international vessels, including the propeller, may not be removed without a Notice of Direction from MPI. There are currently no approved suppliers of in-water cleaning in New Zealand. Therefore, if a commercial vessel arrives and is non-compliant with the CRMS, MPI may either deny entry, restrict the itinerary of the vessel, or direct the vessel to leave within 24 hours of arrival.
Can you clean a slime layer in New Zealand?
In-water cleaning or treatment methods of a slime layer are acceptable only if the contaminant discharges from the activity comply with the standards or requirements set by the relevant authority. Relevant authorities in NZ include MPI, EPA, Regional Councils, Port Authorities and Marina Operators.
We are elated to announce that Port Denarau Marina was officially declared a Port of Entry in the 2017/2018 Fiji Government budget at the end of June.
Port Denarau Marina Ltd is Fiji’s leading marina facility and the busiest commercial port in Fiji. We are recognised by the Marina Industry Association as the International Marina of the Year for four consecutive years, winner of Community Support Initiative by a marina and awarded first Clean and Fish Friendly Marina in the Pacific.
Previously Port Denarau Marina was a sufferance port with exorbitant clearance costs, which was a major deterrent for foreign visitors having to clear into Lautoka. In the past few months, Port Denarau Marina has been busy working together with government agencies to ensure that the processes are in place to ensure a seamless clearance inwards and outwards from Port Denarau Marina for vessels who have overnight bookings with us.
Operation hours for Port of Entry clearance are: Monday to Friday 0800hrs – 1600 hrs
All yachts arriving in Fiji must give the Controller of Customs two days prior notice by completing and forwarding the Advance Notification of Arrival using the C2-C form. Although FRCS is the principal agency, it is practical to send the forms to the following multi-agencies –
Ministry of Health, Biosecurity Authority of Fiji, Department of Immigration via email as per list below:
Fiji Revenue & Customs Services [email protected]
Biosecurity [email protected]
Immigration [email protected]
Ministry of Health [email protected]
Upon reaching pilot station, you will need to contact the Port Control on Channel 14/16 and request for entry into port. If from a High Risk Port vessels are not allowed to enter unless first attended to by Ministry of Health. In the meantime, vessels must hoist and fly the “Q” flag on the mast until cleared by Health or unless you have received a radio pratique from Ministry of Health. Vessels will need to inform Customs of any disembarking crew and reasons for disembarking.
As part of clearance procedures, Fiji Customs request visiting yachts to subscribe to and activate AIS while in Fiji EEZ waters. Non-compliance with this request will see yachts that are not broadcasting to be shifted into their high risk category and appropriate attention paid to them.
Two government officials are only required for outward clearance, making the departure process much easier. The two officials are Immigration and Customs unless otherwise requested. However, an overnight booking at the marina with a prior notice of 48hrs before departure is still required so that officials can schedule accordingly.
After seeking reforms for nearly a decade Port Denarau Marina is perfectly placed to become Fiji’s newest Port of Entry. The infrastructure and systems are in place to accommodate all requirements and will be in an easy position to evolve with changing needs.
We are grateful to the Government of Fiji for recognising Port Denarau Marina as a Port of Entry and for the various agencies in working together with us to ensure that the mechanisms are in place for a smooth operation. These are exciting
times for our marina, the visiting yachts and for Fiji as a yachting destination of choice.
Port Denarau Marina, Fiji’s premium marina facility and the gateway to the Mamanuca and Yasawa Islands have opened a new extension structure to expand its passenger check-in facilities in December. With a total capital investment of $700,000, the extension aims to meet the demand of growing commercial requirements in view of the growth of the tourism industry in Fiji.More
Port Denarau Marina is expecting an even busier season this year.
Port Denarau Marina General Manager, Cynthia Rasch said they are optimistic about seeing more than 700 transient vessels visiting Fiji Waters in 2018.More
We are proud to announce that Port Denarau Marina has earned both the International Marina of the Year and the Community Support Initiative awards through Marina Industries Association (MIA) for 2017. Port Denarau Marina were also runners up for Innovation by a Marina. More
Under the banner of South Pacific Superyachting, Fiji/ NZ Trade day was hosted at Port Denarau Yacht Club on the 28th of July 2017