We all know that even with everything checked, checked and triple checked, nautical disasters DO happen. The Government of Fiji is upgrading current RCC protocol and procedures. They aim to have a centralized RCC FIJI established within 2015. Please stay tuned for updates as they occur, but for now, the following procedure remains firmly in place.
In case of emergencies all distress messages must be sent to the nearest RCC. Search & Rescue operations within the waters around Fiji are coordinated by a National Search & Rescue Committee.
RCCs are located at Suva and Nadi. Rescue Sub Centres (RSCs) may be temporarily established in other areas as demanded by the situation. Suva (3DP) maintains a continuous listening watch on 2182 kHz and VHF 16 for distress calls. The station is also equipped with 6215.5 kHz for Search & Rescue Operations.
If you are in imminent danger and require urgent aid, use MAYDAY.
- Switch to 2182 kHz or 6215 kHz or 156.8 MHz (Chnl 16)
- Alarm signal, say: “MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY.
This is YOUR BOAT, YOUR BOAT, YOUR BOAT, MAYDAY, MAYDAY, MAYDAY”
Give your position State the nature of your distress. State the nature of help required.
Give any other information that will assist the rescue operation.
Listen on the same frequency for acknowledgement.
Our National Search & Rescue Authority is the Maritime Surveillance Centre
HQ Fiji Navy, Box 12387, Suva, Fiji T: +679 331 5380 | E: msc…@connect.com.fj
RCC Suva T: +679 331 5380
RSC Suva T: +679 330 4296
3DP Suva T: +679 337 1326
RCC Nadi T: +679 672 5777