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The Fiji Navy can now easily survey our borders with a new digitally produced F6 Exclusive Economic Zone chart.
The chart can cover a two hundred economic zone radius and identify nearby islands and vessel movements within Fiji border.
Fiji Navy Chief, Captain Humphrey Tawake says this will make their work faster compared to previous years.
“This will give people confidence that their boundaries are being surveyed and gives them an update of our maritime boundaries. This is done in compliance with the marine species act which depicts the debated points of our boundaries that was last done in the eighties, so it’s overdue. As significance to the law of the sea, it is a positive step forward with the updating of the F6 chart.”
Tawake says the Fijian navy will be able to produce a chart within three weeks with the new equipment.
He said says this will help them get better control of maritime affairs outside territorial limits.
“Before the digital chart was made, everything was hands on as there was a lot of man hours being spend to do a chart and conduct surveys up to nine months and then within a year then you produce a chart but now with the updated equipment that we have, we can produce a chart with all the date in three weeks’ time.”
Tawake says Fijians can also keep up with the latest happenings in our maritime zone.
The Fiji Navy recruited more personnel to help them draw and outline the chart through capacity building and training programmes overseas.
SOURCE: FBC NEWS/PACNEWS
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