The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) in collaboration with the Solomon Island (SIMA) Maritime Authority commences its safe boat operation starting on 17 November as we approach the Sol2023 Pacific Games here in the Capital (Honiara).
Maritime Police and SIMA’s vessel inspections section together with the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) will ensure that orderly embarking and disembarking of passengers, cargo and dangerous goods.
Safe boat operation will involve mobilising police fast craft and intervening on vessels departing or arriving if it happens that vessel is detained by SIMA.
This operation will continue after the PG23 throughout the festive season until 15 January 2024.
Owners of boats and vessels are urged to think safety first before embarking on any trip at sea between our islands and check the weather by listening to the SIBC and other radio stations or call the Met service and get the right advice before travelling.
If you are at sea and need help, contact the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC) on phone 21609 or 27685, or toll free 977. You can also call the National Police Communication Centre on 23666 or toll free 999.
Before you travel, please plan your trip properly.
Here are some safety points to remember before travelling: