GPHA and World Maritime University Collaborate on WeCAPS Project

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Economic news for Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Source: Eye on the harbor

GPHA Managing Director, Michael Luguje (middle)

The European Commission and Expertise France have launched the Western and Central Africa Port Security (WeCAPS) project in recent years with the aim of strengthening the security and safety of port infrastructures.

As such, the World Maritime University has been associated to provide the legal framework relating to port security and disaster management.

Earlier this week, university officials paid a working visit to the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority to get first-hand information on GPHA’s security systems, which would facilitate the task at hand.

Professor Maximo Meija, Director of the PhD Program and Associate Academic Dean at World Maritime University, said that “our main mission is to better understand how law-making and policy-making in port security is done. in Ghana”.

They were informed by the Authority’s senior management of the progress made by the Authority in terms of security.

The Managing Director of the Ghana Ports and Ports Authority told the delegation that “the Ports Authority has its own security team, and we are working with the Ghanaian army who are seconding senior officers to run our security for us. every two years. We work closely with the navy, which has its boats in the ports to support our activities. The Ghana Maritime Authority and the Maritime Police Unit also support our security activities.

The Master of Tema Port, Captain Francis Kwesi Micah revealed that this port, as part of efforts to enhance security, has been brought under the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code which prescribes the responsibilities of governments, shipping companies, shipboard personnel. , and port/facility personnel to detect security threats and take preventive action against security incidents affecting ships or port facilities used in international trade.

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