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Private jet ski operators urged to register vessels

Thursday, January 16, 2014    

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THE Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) has issued a call for the operators of private jet skis to register their vessels.

"Private jet ski operators in Jamaica are required by law to register their personal water craft (PWC). In 2013, The MAJ intensified its call for owners and operators to have their vessels registered early in the new year of 2014," the MAJ said in a release yesterday.

"Operators who have not yet registered are strongly urged to come in to the MAJ to complete the process," the release stated.

According to the MAJ, arrangements to have its surveyors and marine inspectors carry out an inspection on the vessels at a suitable location.

"Guided by the Shipping Act of 1998, the MAJ has legal obligations to ensure that all eligible marine vessels, which include PWCs, operating in Jamaican waters are registered, and to ensure that they operate in a manner that is safe and environmentally friendly," the authority emphasised.

Late last year, the seizure of nearly one dozen privately owned jet skis sparked a massive protest in Mammee Bay, St Ann. The seizure came as a result of a six-month ban that was imposed on the use of the vessels in marine recreational areas.

In the meantime, the MAJ has issued a reminder to yacht and boat owners that vessel registration are still being carried out, "even though the January 1, 2014 deadline for rationalising their status has passed".

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