The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) in collaboration with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and in partnership with Government of Ghana has organised a three day regional workshop on capacity building to promote compliance of the new regulations under chapter four of Marpol Annex VI, Energy Efficiency Regulation for Ships.
The Director-General of GMA, Mr Issaka Peter Azuma, said the workshop would touch on technology transfer within the framework of the IMO Integrated Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP).
Mr. Azuma added that air pollution from ships did not have the direct cause and effect associated with an oil spill incident that caused a cumulative effect and contributed to the overall air quality and affects the marine environment.
According to him, Annex VI of MARPOL had been established to limit Nitrogen Oxide emissions and required the use of fuel with lower sulphur content to protect people's health and the environment by reducing ozone producing pollution and rising temperatures at sea.
He further stated that such seminars and workshops would improve knowledge and build capacities of maritime administration within the West and Central African sub-regions for development purposes.
The Deputy Minister for Transport, Hon. Joyce Mogtari in her keynotes address explained that the workshop which centred on topical environment issues was crucial to the attainment of an adequately protected marine environment and it was pertinent to note that the IMO had put in place a number of effective measures to ensure that the environment was protected from all forms of pollution.
Hon. Mogtari mentioned that the problem associated with Green House Gas (GHG) emissions had caused a lot of concern globally on climate change.
The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the IMO in 2010 reiterated the requisition of the IMO Resolution relating to the control of Green House Gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping to relevant international organisations in the preparation for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC) in the year 2010.
She added that the workshop was to enable participants to better appreciate the amendments which were made to MARPOL Annex VI particularly regulation 23 of chapter 4 of the Annex.
According to her the workshop would introduce participants to technical and operational Energy Efficiency measures which the IMO had developed to reduce the amount of emissions from international shipping.
She further stated that these new measures when effectively implemented by member- states through the assistance of IMO Technical Co-operation Committee would enhance transfer of technology and enhance capacity building to facilitate compliance for significant reduction of GHG emissions by vessel. Source: ISD (Solomon Kusi Tetteh)