The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) in collaboration with the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre Africa (MTCC) have organised a workshop with the aim of creating awareness and equipping participants in mitigating the harmful threats of shipping emissions.
It is estimated that gas emitted from shipping related activities are on a steady increase globally as developing countries lack the capacity to develop energy efficient mechanisms to improve on gas emissions in the shipping industry.
It is in this vain that the International Maritime Organisation, (IMO) the UN body responsible for regulating shipping and maritime activities, in 2013 adopted a resolution on the promotion of technical co-operation and transfer of technology aimed at improving the energy of ships.
The resolution made it possible to provide technical assistance to developing countries in areas of capacity building.
Participants at the workshop brainstormed on how to avert the teasing problem in the sector. The Project Director for MTTC Africa, said, the IMO has acknowledged the need to mitigate maritime threats to climate by helping developing states.
“One of the projects that the international communities came was to take a bold decision to have a global MTTC network in other to address some of these teasing challenges affecting the sector”, the Director said.
The Director General of GMA, Kwame Owusu, urged the participants to bring the global objective of cutting down fuel emissions and further asking for their commitment to achieve their ultimate goal of reducing GAG emissions from international shipping.
The Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Titus Glover expressed faith in the capability of the training program to build capacity for stakeholders in the Maritime industry in effective ways to curb the problem.
Source: Ghana Ports and Habours Authority