Boat operators called on to prioritise safety amid unsettled weather

The public, especially boat owners as well as water taxi or speed boat operators must stay vigilant before and while carrying out water activities during the period of inclement weather, urged the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD).

The Brunei Darussalam Meteorological Department said Brunei Darussalam is currently in the Northeast Monsoon which brings about unsettled weather conditions with occasional heavy showers or thundershowers. Rough sea state due to strong surges from the Northeasterly wind, causing increase in wave height in rivers, is considered dangerous to all small crafts including speed boats and water taxis.

The public is advised to regularly check the daily weather forecasts, refrain from carrying out non-essential water activities and be prepared for severe weather by taking safety measures such as wearing life jackets while on a boat, not exceeding boat limit load, ensuring boats are in good condition, and informing family or friends of whereabouts.