- Published: Wednesday, 20 August 2014 13:20
The skipper of a yacht of French nationality was penalized by Customs in Santo for calling into the Port of Luganville unannounced. The yacht arrived in the Port of Luganville on Thursday 14th August 2014 from Noumea New Caledonia with four crews of French nationalities onboard.
In addition to arriving unannounced, the skipper of the yacht did not have in his possession a Required Departure Certificate of Clearance from the last port. The skipper admitted he did not formalize his outward clearance from Customs in Noumea.
Further, the skipper and the crews did not have their passports stamped or cleared by the immigration officials in Noumea. The skipper and the crews were also penalized by the immigration officials in Luganville.
Masters in Charge of Crafts that are en route to Vanuatu are reminded and advise to must provide an Advance Notice at least a minimum of 24 hours of its arrival.
Failure to do so is an Offence committed under the provisions of Customs Laws as per section 27(3).
In addition it is very important for Masters in charge of Crafts arriving in Vanuatu must deliver to Customs the Certificate of Clearance granted to the Master at the last port of departure within 12 hours of the crafts arrival.
Failure to do so is also an Offence committed under the provisions of Customs Laws as per section 32 (3).