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GHANA MARITIME AUTHORITY MARKS THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE SEAFARER - MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2018.

Jun 27, 2018

 

The Director General of Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. Kwame Owusu, has commended Ghanaian seafarers for their important contribution towards seafaring, trade and world economy during the celebration of the Day of the Seafarer (DOTS) at the Authority’s branch office at Tema.

June 25, is celebrated world wide as the International Day of the seafarer. This event is coordinated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and commemorated throughout the 174 member states, it is also preceded by a parallel event hosted by a selected Maritime nation. The day is celebrated to recognize and appreciate the immense contributions Seafarers  to the benefit of the resources global blue economy offer to all the nations of the world.

Seafarers worldwide have the right to enjoy sound working conditions befitting their economic contribution to global development.

The theme of for 2018, “Seafarers Wellbeing” is chosen as a campaign tool aimed at identifying and proposing solutions to address issues of stress and psychological strain that affects the average seafarer due to the hazardous and unpredictable nature of their work.

The Ghana Maritime Authority together with all Maritime stakeholders such as the Regional Maritime University, Seafarers Unions, and Ship/crew Manning Agencies will not only ensure high standards of training and certification of seafarers but also advance and promote decent working conditions and the needed benefits for Seafarers, Mr. Kwame Owusu said.

Adding to this, the IMO Regional Representative, Captain Dallas Laryea, urged “vessel owners and managers should also be more aware of all the problems contributing to seafarer’s wellbeing and encourage seafarers to report issues with mental health before it manifests into incidents”.

Capt. Vivian Amegavi gave her take on the mental stress Seafarers endure at sea. She said that aside the general risk factors that affect the seafarer, the women seafarers are exposed to a double portion of that. She touched on the issue of acceptance for a female in a male dominated working environment. “The first question you are asked is, what are you doing here?, which is followed by ohh, are you the cook?”. She indicated that female seafarers are at a greater mental health risk. She entreated Ghanaian stakeholders to put the right measures in place to ensure the seafarer’s mental health for both gender.

On his part, the President of the Maritime Professional Club indicated that, constant training and education of seafarers would boost their confidence level at work, and their ability to put things in order at home before embankment, goes a long way to minimize family pressure which is detrimental to mental health.

Good will and fraternal messages were delivered by WISTA, and RMU.

 

The occasion brought together individuals and representatives of key organizations such as International Maritime Organization (IMO),Regional Maritime University, Ghana Navy, Tema Mantse,  Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, Ghana union of Seafarers, Maritime Professional Club, WISTA, retired Seafarers, Manning and recruitment agencies, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana Shipper’s Authority, and Importers and Exporters Association.

An open forum offered the seafarers the opportunity to air their grievances and asked questions that affects their certification, employment and other incentives such as shore leave. The Director General assured them of his office’s readiness to ensure the well being of Ghanaian seafarers to foster Ghana’s continuous benefit from the Blue Economy.

 

 

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