Cook Islands is receiving support from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to “achieve the most efficient maritime transport as possible”.
is supporting the country to accede to the Convention on Facilitation of
International Maritime Traffic (FAL), a key treaty aimed at achieving the most
efficient maritime transport as possible, through the smooth transit in ports
of ships, cargo and passengers.
to IMO, a National Seminar on Facilitation of Maritime Traffic held in
Rarotonga from November 21-23 provided advice on the latest amendments to the
Annex to the FAL Convention which were adopted in 2022 and which will enter
into force on January 1, 2024.
changes will see the operation of a single window for data exchange become
mandatory in ports around the world, marking a significant step in the
acceleration of digitalisation in shipping,” the statement said.
idea of a single-entry point for the exchange of data electronically is to
avoid duplication and to maximise the efficiency of maritime and port
administrative procedures when a ship arrives, during its stay and at the point
of its departure.”
Islands Ministry of Transport director for maritime Patricia Tuara welcomed the
supported and reiterated the benefits it would bring to the country.
the seminar was attended by representatives from relevant Cook Islands ministries,
along with stakeholders with responsibilities for the clearance of ships,
cargoes, crews, and passengers.
18 participants were given guidance on the benefits of using Maritime Single
Window and Electronic Data Interchange in facilitating ships’ clearance in Cook
Islands’ ports, IMO said.
event was organised by IMO in collaboration with the Pacific Community (SPC)
and was hosted by the Ministry of Transport of the Cook Islands.