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SELECT COMMITTEE ON ROADS AND TRANSPORT VISIT GHANA MARITIME AUTHORITY

Dec 06, 2017

SELECT COMMITTEE ON ROADS AND TRANSPORT VISIT GHANA MARITIME AUTHORITY

 The Parliamentary select committee on roads and transport paid a working visit to the Head office of the Ghana Maritime Authority on November 20, 2017 to learn at first hand the activities of the Organization and also to evaluate the regulatory mandate given to the authority by Act 630 of the Parliament of Ghana.

Ghana maritime Authority was established by the referred Act in 2002 under the Ministerial supervision of the Ministry of Transport to ensure that the seas and inland transportable waters of Ghana are safe, clean and secure;  leading  to efficiency of navigation, trade improvement, and human resource development to support  national economic and social development.

 Provision of safe, secure and efficient shipping services and the protection of the marine environment from ship source pollution have been the core activities of GMA since its inception over a decade ago.

 In his welcome address, the Director General Mr. Kwame Owusu assured the Parliamentarians that his organization is up on its toes leaving no barriers or debris that would forestall the mandate and activities of the Authority. He mentioned that “we have been able to put in place structures that give assurance to all vessel owners that Ghana is safe”. The assured safety he attributed to the many vessels that line up at anchorage on daily basis to berth at the Ghanaian Ports to transact business.

The Director General informed the Committee members that the Authority needed to be adequately resourced to be able to perform its functions efficiently. To this he indicated the revision of the current Fees and Charges (Li 2009) which currently hedges at the cost of 15cents per ship to be raised to 50cents.

Hon Samuel Ayeh-Paye, the chairman of the Select committee lauded the Maritime Authority for the safety and security of ships, port facilities and offshore installations which have enhanced and improved economic gains in Ghana’s Maritime domain. He pledged the committee’s support to enable the GMA execute the mandate efficiently.

The Director and his management team toured the parliamentary select committee on Roads &Transport around the premises and some Maritime security installations, i.e. Vessel management information gathering, monitoring and dispensing systems.

 

 

 

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