As piracy increases in the world’s oceans, maritime safety requires a collaborative effort to ensure safety of lives and protection of property at sea. Under this, the Ghana Maritime Authority organized a 4-Day Crisis Response Training for security experts and players in the maritime sector, from 9 to 12 of July.
This exercise aimed to prepare the Ghana’s Crisis Response Team to combat any unforeseen incident on Ghana’s maritime domain. The training wanted to improve inter-agency cooperation in ensuring smooth maritime rescue activities.
Facilitators from the Gulf of Guinea Interregional Network updated trainees on current trends in maritime safety and security measures to save life at sea while also monitoring illegal activities such as illegal bunkering and oil spillage.
During the training, a simulation exercise took place for trainees to learn how to prevent an illegal oil bunkering. To check the effectiveness and competence of the program, trainees were divided into various units called cells according to their technical expertise.
Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. Kwame Owusu mentioned that Ghana is fully prepared to respond successfully to any maritime crisis. He also added that the Authority is preparing patrol vessels and drones to thwart potential pirates and other threats on the Ghanaian waters.
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