The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is urging boaters to be vigilant and to take precautionary measures when traversing our waterways.
“The Maritime Authority of Jamaica takes the safety and protection of life at sea very seriously. Passengers must be watchful for possible danger and boatowners and drivers alike must consider highly enough, their own safety and that of their passengers, and take every precaution when transporting passengers,” said Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady director general of the MAJ.
Brady outlined some guidelines wich persons steering a passenger-carrying vessel must comply with:
- Vessels must be registered and licensed by the MAJ to carry passengers.
- Engage in a safety brief prior to commencement of a voyage.
- Ensure that lifejackets are properly fitted and worn by all passengers.
- Display coxswain license of the skipper.
- Show on demand by the travelling public or law enforcement (Marine Police and The JDF Coast Guard) the safety certificate of the vessel.
- Operate the vessel in accordance with the conditions listed on the safety certificate and must not exceed the passenger complement that is stated.