17 Sep 2013

Central Pacific shipping regulator should be endorsed this week

9:12 pm on 17 September 2013

A body that aims to bring more certain shipping services to small island countries of the central Pacific is expected to get a full endorsement this week in meetings in Suva.

The Central Pacific Shipping Commission was created three years ago, with the help of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, to improve the regularity of shipping to the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and Tuvalu.

The SPC's Captain John Round says the member countries are ready to endorse the Commission as a regulatory body, presenting them as a single market that is a more valuable route for the shipping companies.

And Captain Round says the companies back the concept.

"We were expecting that because the Commission actually basically ensures that the market supply and the demands are met and once the approved shipping companies have been identified there will not be any cherry pickers, so to speak."