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Ghana holds second in series of IMO 2020 industry seminars

16 Sep 2019
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The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) and the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) on 11 September held a one-day industry seminar to discuss the upcoming International Maritime Organisation (IMO) 2020 sulphur cap regulation.

The meeting was the second in the series of a nationwide stakeholder campaign on IMO 2020; the first was held at the Ghana Shippers House on 15 August.

The seminar series is expected to bring clarity on the sulphur cap regulation to all stakeholders on the rules, enforcement mechanisms to monitor compliance and the commercial implications for shippers and cargo owners, according to GSA.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Ms Benonita Bismarck in her address emphasised the distinct mandate of the two state organisations [GMA and GSA] and explained the roles of each of them in the nationwide Sulphur Cap campaign.

According to her, the IMO 2020 Sulphur Cap Regulation presents cross cutting issues of significant interest to both organizations. While the GMA will focus on providing guidelines for the compliance and monitoring of same, the GSA will look at the impact of compliance by shipping lines on their charges (cost of shipment).

The Director General of the GMA, Thomas Alonsi, said he was hopeful partners in the maritime industry including bunker suppliers, ship owners and operators will be convinced of the urgency and necessity to comply with the new sulphur cap requirements.

The Deputy Director, Marine Environment, Safety and Standards of the GMA, Captain Abdul-Nadir Inusah, took the participants through an elaborate presentation on the 2020 Sulphur Cap regulations

Representatives from the Ship Owners and Agents Association of Ghana (SOAAG), National Petroleum Authority, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority among others participated in the seminar. 

Related: Ghana: Shipping and maritime authorities host IMO 2020 conference

Photo credit: Ghana Shippers’ Authority
Published: 16 September, 2019

 

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