The Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA) has announced a tender for preparing standards that will be used in the construction and operation of boats in its efforts to ensure safety in marine transport.
According to Sumatra, this will help improve the safety of passengers and property and reduce the number of accidents in the subsector.
In an interview with The Guardian, Sumatra public information manager David Mziray said that, though Sumatra has been given full mandate in implementing laws, regulations and standards pertaining to marine transport, it can only effectively do so in collaboration with other stakeholders including the police, vessel operators and passengers.
Mziray said the tenderer will among other things help to review the standards of constructing marine vessel with a view to making them safer.
“This will help reduce accidents which have been occurring over the past years. The winner of the tender will have the responsibility to ensure all operating vessels abide by the standards and are therefore seaworthy,” Mziray pointed out.
According to Mziray, steps to be taken to cut down marine accidents in marine transport will include inspecting vessels before they are allowed to operate.
He called on the public to report any unusual behavior that may seem to endanger their lives.
“Sumatra has always been taking serious steps against boat owners found flouting marine transport rules and regulations,” he said.