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Ghana: Shipping and maritime authorities host IMO 2020 conference

18 Aug 2019

The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) in collaboration with the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) on Thursday (15 August) organised a one-day IMO 2020 seminar at the Ghana Shippers House.

The Chief Director of the Ministry of Transport, Mabel Sagoe, also Chairperson of the seminar, stated the purpose for the seminar is to create awareness amongst shippers in Ghana in respect of the implementation of the IMO 2020 sulphur cap regulations and its impact on shipping service providers in relation to technical and commercial transaction.

In a welcome address, the Chief Executive of GSA, Benonita Bismarck, said the joint collaborative steps that have been taken by the GSA and GMA should provide an appreciable level of awareness among players in the shipping industry regarding this new policy directive by the IMO.

The Deputy Director General for Operations of the GMA, Daniel Appianin, in his remarks said the decision to further control emissions from ships came in October 2016 when the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) set 1st January 2020 as the implementation date for a significant reduction in the Sulphur content of the fuel oil used onboard ships to a global sulphur limit of 0.50% mass by mass(m/m).

A presentation was made by the Senior Freight and Logistics Officer of the GSA, Abdul Haki Bashiru, who shared the 2020 IMO Sulphur cap regulations and its implications on the cost of shipping, the local industry and the industry as a whole.

Bashiru indicated that for the shipping lines to meet the compliance, they will incur some cost and therefore some have decided on a recovery mechanism so it does not have an unbearable effect on their customers.

The seminar saw participants from various stakeholders including Ghana Institute Freight Forwarders (GIFF), Ghana Union of Traders Associations (GUTA), Custom Brokers Associations of Ghana (CUBAG) and members of the Greater Accra Regional Shipper Committee (GARSC), amongst others.

Photo credit: Ghana Shippers’ Authority
Published: 19 August, 2019


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