Falkland Islands Maritime Authority (FIMA)
Covid-19 Shipping Guidance
New Shipping Guidance has been released by the Falkland Islands Government to help guide visitors in the latest COVID-19 regulations. Details can be found here COVID-19 (fig.gov.fk).
Merchant Navy Day
Today, Friday 3rd September, is Merchant Navy Day when we remember and honour all those Merchant Seafarers who lost their lives at sea in conflict and in peace time, and to thank those who continue to work providing us with essential supplies and supporting our island life.
The Maritime Authority is proud to fly the Red Ensign today on Victory Green, alongside the Falkland Islands flag, to show our support for the hard working men and women at sea.
The Deputy Governor of the Falkland Islands, Dave Morgan, and the Chief Executive Officer of the Falkland Islands Government, Andy Keeling, joined the Harbour Master, Captain Jo Cox, in hoisting the flags.
Photo courtesy of Government House
Fly the Red Ensign for Merchant Navy Day
This Friday, 3rd September 2021 is Merchant Navy Day, a day when we recognise the sacrifices of the men and women of the Merchant Navy and when we show our gratitude for our modern Merchant Seafarers.
The Merchant Navy's official flag, the Red Ensign, will be flown on Victory Green in Stanley throughout the day alongside the Falkland Islands flag, in solidarity with our seafarers around the world. It will be hoisted by the Acting Governor Dave Morgan and the FIG Chief Executive Officer Andrew Keeling, who will be joined by the Harbour Master Jo Cox and the Maritime Authority team.
The tradition of flying the Red Ensign on civic buildings and landmark flagpoles is a result of a campaign by The Seafarer's Charity, who administer the Merchant Navy Fund raising money to support seafarers in need and their families.
We are looking for a new Deputy Harbour Master
The Maritime Authority are looking for a new Deputy Harbour Master to join our small team. If you hold a Chief Mates ticket and have a varied maritime background then take a look at the advert on the FIG website to see if this is the role for you ashore.
FIMA have moved!
Following on from the re-designation of the Authority to the Department of Emergency Services and Island Security (DESIS), the Falkland Islands Maritime Authority have now moved offices.
Falkland Islands Maritime Authority, DESIS
Old Design Office, Ross Road, Stanley, PO Box 684, Falkland Islands
Phone: +500 27233
FIMA hosts MCA Level 2 Oil Spill Response training
Thia week FIMA played host to Oil Spill Response training provided by Briggs Marine using the oil spill kit available on the Falkland Islands. The idea behind the training was to build a core team of people who would be able to respond in an emergency to an incident within the Stanley harbour area. Key members of the Atlink port operations team, the FIG Environment department, SAERI, FIDF and the veterinary service took part in a comprehensive 2 days of theoretical and practical training ending with time spent deploying the equipment from FIPASS using a launch.
Maritime Safety Week 5-9 July 2021
Today marks the start of Maritime Safety Week. First launched in 2018 by the Department for Transport, it takes place every July, highlighting the excellent work of the maritime sector in keeping people safe on and around the water by sharing best practice and driving continuous improvement.
Throughout the week, UK sector bodies will be highlighting the dangers of the maritime environment, helping to reduce preventable maritime accidents and taking stock of the fantastic and innovative work that is already being delivered.
FIMA goes social
The Falkland islands Maritime Authority now have their own LinkedIn page FIMA LinkedIn where we will keep followers updated on our activities and share professional content related to the work we do. Please follow us to keep up to date with our work and to share your events and news.
We are hoping to also have a Facebook and Twitter presence later in the year so keep looking out for our developments.
IMO Day of the Seafarer 2021
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, seafarers found themselves both on the front line of the global response and subject to difficult working conditions surrounding uncertainties and difficulties around port access, re-supply, crew changeovers, repatriation, etc.
In light of this, the 2020 Day of the Seafarer campaign focused its message around urging governments to recognize seafarers as key workers and ease travel restrictions for them to facilitate crew changes.
The 2021 Day of the Seafarer campaign will continue to encourage governments to support seafarers amid the pandemic but will expand its message, calling for a fair future for seafarers.
The campaign will discuss issues that will still be relevant to seafarers after the pandemic, such as fair treatment of seafarers, fair working conditions, fair training, fair safety, etc.
FIMA invite our colleagues to join in and use the hashtag #FairFuture4Seafarers on their social media to demonstrate how they support seafarers and what they hope for a fairer future.