The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) in March 2021 issued an update regarding procedures for transfer of oil and other substances to promote safety and avoid maritime pollution, according to a Monday (7 June) news update from P&I Club Budd Group.
Among details was for the bunker supplier undertaking the transfer of oil to notify GMA detailing the quantity and type of oil to be transferred accompanied with information contained in the “Schedule 1” form.
The Budd Group advised any failure to meet GMA requirements may result in the levying of heavy, non-negotiable fines.
“Clubs and their members should also be aware that both the violations and fine amounts included in the GMA lists of “Approved Fines for Marine Pollution Violations”, a sample of which is included in our September 2020 circular, may change,” it stated.
“For example, in a November 2020 incident, the fine levied for the “Transfer of petroleum products without GMA approval (48HRS)” had increased fourfold from USD 60,000.00 to USD 240,000.00.”
The “Schedule 1” form along with the complete Shipping Notice from GMA can be obtained here.
Published: 10 June, 2021
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