14 life vests handed over to boat operators

|     James Kon     |

FOURTEEN lifejackets were handed over to a number of water taxi operators yesterday morning as part of measures to enhance safety in the country’s water transport system, particularly during this Hari Raya period where there will be an increase in water taxi usage as members of the public make their way to Kampong Ayer to visit their family members and friends.

The lifejackets, sponsored by Aewon-Sherwood Protective Apparel (B) Sdn Bhd, were presented by Manager of Aewon-Sherwood Protective Apparel Justin Hong Ping Khiong alongside Head of the Enforcement and Investigation Division of the Maritime and Ports Authority of Brunei Darussalam (PBMP) Haji Yusoff bin Haji Metusin.

More lifejackets are to be distributed in today’s operation at the Kampong Sungai Kebun passenger jetty.

Speaking in an interview, Haji Yusoff said, “During an operation today, 20 boats were inspected and most of the boat drivers were found to be wearing lifejackets. Two boat drivers were issued with warning letters for not equipping their boats with passenger lifejackets. The PBMP would like to advise passengers to wear lifejackets when travelling in boats.”

Meanwhile, at the Yayasan Sultan Hahi Hassanal Bolkiah Jetty yesterday, 10 boats were inspected.

From this operation, one boat operator was found to be operating without a boat registration licence, while another was found with an expired registration licence. Both were issued with BND100 compound fines.

The PBMP reminded the public and boat operators to put on lifejackets while going onboard or operating any sort of water transportation even for short journeys.

Manager of Aewon-Sherwood Protective Apparel Justin Hong Ping Khiong and Head of the Enforcement and Investigation Division of the Maritime and Ports Authority of Brunei Darussalam (PBMP) Haji Yusoff bin Haji Metusin in a group photo with some of the recipients of life jackets. – JAMES KON