Establishment of national maritime policy very important – Kofi Mbiah
Maritime law and management expert Kofi Mbeah has called for a comprehensive national maritime policy to guide the maritime industry beyond maritime territorial sovereignty and property rights.
“Beyond cabotage, we need to have a national maritime policy to guide local content, job creation, labor, legal issues, oil and gas, clean beaches; and for the life of the sailor or sailor after retirement from active service. said Dr Mbeah.
Cabotage is the right to operate maritime, air or other transport services in a given territory.
Dr Mbeah, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Chamber of Shipping, said this in a lecture and panel discussion during a seminar at the Regional Maritime University (RMU). , in Nungua, near Tema.
He stressed that Ghana needs to develop and adopt a comprehensive national maritime policy beyond cabotage, new legislation and regulatory review.
The seminar, jointly organized by the Ghana Navy Officers Association and the RMU, was themed “Your place in the maritime labor market; and brought together industry players, including retired and serving seafarers, trade unions; university students, instructors and lecturers.
Seminar speakers discuss what midshipmen and those already in the maritime workforce should know and do to gain a position of competitive advantage.
In the presentation and during the discussion, Dr. Mbeah referred to a possible massive investment in the maritime industry and value chain activities in the blue economy, explaining that there is a need to take advantage of marine resources. water resources of the earth because water covered two-thirds of the earth’s surface and the earth one-third.
Among the areas he has identified for more investment are research, hospitality and recreation, animal husbandry, defense and development and environmental protection, which he says should be guided by a national maritime policy.
Dr. Mbeah, however, wondered why many people would not engage in research despite the advent of the internet and other modern research tools, systems and mechanisms.
Oil discoveries and the nascent gas industry, Dr Mbeah pointed out, have made the development and adoption of a national navy urgent.
He called for the development of technologies and skills for current and emerging opportunities in the maritime industry. “Efficacy levels need to increase,” Dr Mbeah stressed.
Mr. Alfred Fafali Adagbedu, CEO of Seaweed Engineering Limited, called on seafarers to consider life beyond active service and retirement.
He said there was a need to keep abreast of modern trends, especially laws and practices in the maritime industry, as he emphasized training to get more Ghanaians more involved. in the maritime industry.
Mr. Alock Asamoah, Training Officer, on behalf of Captain Addo Nii Addo, CEO of Bernhard Shultz Ship management, urged sailors to lobby parliament and legislators to bring maritime issues to the fore.
He spoke of situations on some ships that enter Ghanaian waters without a single Ghanaian working on the ships and asked, “Can we not pressure our MPs to see the need for training for us? to accept jobs on some of these ships? ships?
In a welcome address, Dr. Jethro Brook, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the RMU, highlighted the need for collaboration between the institution and other industry players.