RISKS associated with bio-security were highlighted when a China-bound cargo boat was turned away from the main port of Suva in Fiji last month.
The MV Polaris 2 (pictured) carrying a cargo of 7200 cattles from Chile were escorted out of Suva Harbour by a patrol boat of the Fiji Navy because the freighter’s application for a transit permit was rejected.
“The application for transit permit for MV Polaris 2 to enter into Fiji was lodged with BAF (Biosecurity Authority of Fiji) only 3 working days prior to the vessels’ arrival into Fiji, which did not give BAF sufficient time to assess the biosecurity risks associated with the vessel and its cargo,” BAF said in a statement released after the matter was reported on Islands Business Online.
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By Samisoni Pareti