GPHA optimizes collaborations for the implementation of IMO conventions on waste management


Economic news for Thursday, October 28, 2021

Source: Eye on the harbor


Some personalities at the event

MARPOL 73/78 requires States Parties to ensure that adequate reception facilities are in place at ports to manage operational and domestic waste discharges from ships in an environmentally sound manner.

To this end, the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority carries out this mandate in collaboration with licensed private environmental waste management companies to provide efficient services to ships calling at the port.

However, these procedures are hampered by certain bottlenecks linked to the fragmented nature of the institutions carrying out their sole duties in the port.
To achieve viable solutions, a stakeholder engagement has been organized between these key port institutions on the provision of port reception facilities under the MARPOL 73/78 convention.

Officials from the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, the Ghana Maritime Authority, the National Petroleum Authority, the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and private waste management companies met to assess how to adjust their operations to to create the desired synergy necessary for the implementation of the IMO convention while delivering on their institutional mandate.

Speaking at the forum, GPHA Director General, Domain and Environment, James Benjamin Gaisie, explained that improving collaboration is focused on the ultimate goal of enabling ships to unload their waste in port without delay. .

“We thought it was wise to bring these stakeholders together to have an open discussion to find the way forward to make these facilities run smoothly and without a hitch. This is because the ship would not want to be delayed when it arrives at the port. He wants quick services.

Ports Environmental Network Africa (PENAf) executive coordinator Dr Harry Barnes-Dabban, facilitator of the forum, commended Ghanaian ports for staying in compliance with international conventions and called for increased capacity building for sustainability.

Dr Barnes-Dabban said: “Ghana’s ports are already on the right track. The port has taken an initiative upstream from the State by implementing the convention. Now the focus should be on updating skills and knowledge. And also, because it affects other stakeholders, the need to institutionalize stakeholder governance.

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