Passenger boats inspected during operation

|     Azlan Othman     |

THE Maritime and Port’s Authority of Brunei Darussalam (PBMP) conducted an operation at Brunei River to inspect passenger boats and disseminate information on the importance of using safety jackets yesterday.

The Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) and other enforcement agencies participated in the operation. It aimed to ensure that all boats carrying water transport services register and pass the technical inspection of the PBMP.

In addition, boat operators must also comply with the safety requirements set out to raise awareness on the importance of wearing safety jackets.

The PBMP requested the cooperation of village heads to organise campaigns for their respective village residents on the importance of wearing safety jackets during boat journeys.

The boat operators were also urged to adhere to the passenger limit as it is a standard procedure.

Passengers travelling to Pekan Bangar wearing safety jackets. – AZLAN OTHMAN

Boat owners are also required to acquire insurance coverage for passengers before they get their licence or permit.

Every permit or operating licence is restricted to permitted waters only, and each boat will have to go through the process of checking by the PBMP.

Boat owners and operators should always ensure that the registration number of boats is in good condition. According to the PBMP, boat operators must pass Class 9 (limited) Certificate course to obtain a licence.

PBMP will provide boat registration, inspection services and sale of safety devices at the PBMP Post area near the Bandar Seri Begawan-Temburong Passenger Jetty in Jalan Residency in the capital to facilitate the boat operator to register boats and obtain safety devices.

There is also a company that provides safety jacket rental service.

PBMP will monitor all boats to ensure that they comply with safety regulations. A boat operator is liable to a fine not exceeding $2,000 for failure to comply.