Inland Waterways

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The Inland Waterways is responsible for the enforcement of safety measures on the inland waterways. The specific duties of the Inland Waterways includes among others:

Boat surveys and inspections:
GMA conducts regular surveys and inspections on transport boats operating on the Volta Lake to ensure the boats are lake worthy and also carry the appropriate navigational safety devices such as lights, fire extinguishers and life jackets.

 

Assignment of Loadline Marks:
Boats are constantly surveyed and marked with maximum load lines to give an indication of passenger and cargo carrying capacities at six (6) boat centres namely Kpando Torkor, Dzemeni, Dambai, Kete Krachi, Yeji, Kajeji and Tapa Abotoasi.

Boat Safety educational programmes:
Regular training courses on competency are organized for boat operators and outboard motor mechanics at stations along the Volta Lake namely; Dambai, Dzemeni, Kpando Torkor, Kete Krachi, Tapa Abotoasi and Yeji. In all about eight hundred and seventy two (872) boat operators and mechanic have been trained and were certified on October 1, 2017.

Enforcement of safety Measures
Safety on the Volta Lake is currently enforced by GMA in collaboration with naval detachments known as the Naval Task Force (NTF). The task force ensures the adherence of safety measures and checks against practices such as overloading, drunkenness, sailing in bad weather on the lake. Currently there are six (6) Naval Detachments stationed along the Volta Lake at Yeji, Dzemeni, Tapa Abotoase, Kete-Krachi, Dambai and Kpando Torkor and one (1) at Half Assini (Jewi Wharf and Newtown Wharf).

Coordination of Search and Rescue operations
GMA coordinates search and rescue operations during lake accidents with relevant stakeholders. They include the Ghana Armed Forces, National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Boat owners Association, Boat Operators Association, Volta Lake Transport Company (VLTC) and the District Assemblies.

Conducting Casualty investigations
GMA conducts investigations into the causes of boat accidents on the Volta Lake as and when it occurs and recommends appropriate measures to avoid future occurrences.

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