Ghana Approves Flag State Implementation

Monday / May 25, 2015

Ghana-FDA-defends-blanket-ban-after-calling-Bliss-anti-malaria-drug-fakeDirector General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Peter Azuma told Citi Business News, that Flagstate Implementation will ensure maximum security in Ghana’s marine environment. He said that Ghana will soon ban non sea worthy vessels that operate on the country’s territorial waters following the approval of ‘Flag State Implementation’ which allows for a mandatory audit of all vessels operating in the region.

The concept of flag state obligations came to being through the evolution of the standard use of flags as a means of identification of the state and jurisdiction to which the ship belongs. The governments will have to examine foreign ships that visit their ports to make sure that they meet IMO standards. He said that the examination scheme would tackle all technical and operational issues related to the effective and consistent global implementation and enforcement of IMO instruments on maritime safety, security and protection of the environment.

The mandatory IMO member state audit scheme which starts from January 1, 2016 aim to improve safety and the performance of governments in the implementation of IMO instruments. Deputy Transport Minister, Joyce Bawa Mogtari noted that the implementation of the Flag State was the surest way to ‘’ensure seaworthiness and security of ships that are registered to fly national flags as well as foreign ships that visit ports and terminals for commercial transactions”.

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