The Solomon Islands has six major Islands and over 900 smaller islands. More than 75% of the population live in the rural areas, mostly around the coast. Surrounded by ocean, most of the rural dwellers use small crafts to travel from island to island within the country. Nevertheless, this means of transport has caused accidents and loss of lives and is a great concern. As one of the responsible authorities for the safety and well-being of ocean goers, the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service (SIMS) has introduced Ocean Services into its portfolio and seek to provide services that will be essential to aid small crafts & vessel travellers.
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