By Mike Puia
THE Solomon Islands Maritime Authority (SIMA) is holding a one-day training for local seamen at the Honiara Hotel this morning.
Ship owners, ship masters and seafarers have been invited to attend the training.
SIMSA’s acting director, Captain Tim Harris, will be the lead facilitator of the training.
The session is expected to be interactive and discussions would revolve around issues concerning the shipping industry.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB), under its technical assistance programme- the Strengthening Solomon Islands Maritime Safety Administration and Establishing the Maritime Authority, supported this training.
Mr Harris said there are many areas to be covered in his presentations.
Among other things, he said they will look at the idea to set up the Solomon Islands Maritime Authority (SIMA).
Harris said SIMA operation is to be funded through the current taxes and levies collected by the government and the body will have its own Act of Parliament.
He believes this will enable Solomon Islands shipping and SIMA in particular to deliver seamless and customer-centred service to our shipping stakeholders, to be passed on to the shippers and passengers.