The Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) appeals to all members of the public throughout the country who are planning to travel by boat and outboard motor (OBM) to be aware of sea safety measures as people travel to their home Islands to celebrate Christmas and New Year 2022.
The vessels and OBMs carrying passengers have to meet all safety requirements before leaving port.
Commissioner of Police Mostyn Mangau says, “Ships and OBMs should not be overloaded with cargo and passengers. Make sure passengers and crew are not under the influence of alcohol. It is the responsibility of the captain of the ship to ensure the safety of the vessel and passengers.”
Commissioner Mangau says, “Make sure that they have the appropriate safety equipment on board to cater for the number of passengers they are legally allowed to carry as well as the appropriate communication equipment. Sea safety is very important, as we want to avoid any further tragic sea incidence especially during the festive season.”
Mr. Mangau says, “OBM owners and skippers are also reminded of the same messages as the increase in travel from the main provincial centers to the islands increase with people going on holiday to get off the boats at the centers to travel on OBMs to their home villages.”
Before you travel, please plan your trip properly. Here are some safety points to remember before travelling:
Safety at sea starts with you. IF YOU ARE NOT TOO SURE, STAY ASHORE