The Ghana Shippers Authority in collaboration with the Judicial Training Institute has held the 9th Maritime Law Seminar for judges of the Superior Court in Accra.
In his address, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Shipper's Authority, Dr Kofi Mbiah said objective of the seminar was to enhance the decisions of judges and help create bedrock of precedents upon which the maritime jurisprudence was anchored.
He noted that the seminar was also aimed at fostering a strong partnership between the judiciary and the maritime industry with a view to utilising the maritime arbitration in the resolution of maritime disputes.
Dr Mbiah explained that nine years ago when the Institute started this initiative, people doubted its success, but that day what began very little had brought much accomplishment into the industry.
The CEO, recounted the collective efforts of the Attorney Generals Department, the Ministry of Transport, the Office of the Chief Justice, the Judicial Training Institute and all eminent judges had brought the Ghana Shippers Authority closer to shore.
According to him, with the passage of the Ghana Shippers Authority Regulation (2012) LI 2190, the institute was strengthened to discharge its role of protecting and promoting the interest of the shippers in furtherance of the enhancement of the country's international trade.
"Our efforts in this direction would continue and soon include service level agreements which would set standards of operation for service providers," he added
Mr Mbiah revealed that in March 2014, the authority would take delivery of its twelve storey office complex in Accra dubbed 'Shippers House' a property developed in collaboration with the private sector.
He was full of joy as he observed the recent elections petition that came before the Supreme Court had led to the appreciation of the work of the Justices for the first time.
The chairman of this year's seminar, Justice Vincent Clement Crabbe, a retired Supreme Court judge commended the authority for the sustenance of the seminar, noting that the enthusiasm to participate invariably made it possible for the judicial training institute to deliver on its commitment.
He expressed the hope that the seminars would continue to update the knowledge of the Chief Justice and Lordships to enable them apply the appropriate international regulations and laws when adjudicating maritime disputes.
Source: ISD (Solomon Tetteh & Charlotte Dela Doe)