As fears of a global recession and shortage of food and other essential goods grow, the Ghana Maritime Authority says there is no noticeable reduction in cargo vessel traffic to the country yet.
The Deputy Director, Ship Inspections & Marine Security at GMA, Captain Emmanuel Ankamah, said this when the Director-General of the Authority, Mr Thomas Kofi Alonsi visited the Tema port.
He said the figures showed that despite lockdowns across the world, cargo ships continued to call at Ghana’s ports.
As part of government’s response to the outbreak of the coronavirus in Ghana, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced the closure of Ghana’s borders. Cargo ships were, however, exempt.
The GMA, which regulates the maritime industry in Ghana, issued guidelines – that mirror similar ones issued by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) – to all port authorities to ensure that while ships come in, no crew imported the deadly coronavirus into the country.
Mr Alonsi, his two deputies in charge of operations and technical and finance and administration, Messrs Daniel Appianin and Yaw Akosa Antwi respectively, Director, Finance, Dr Kwasi Wereko Awuah, and Deputy Director, Environment & Safety Standards, Captain Inusah Abdul-Kadir, were at the Tema Port to assess the level of compliance with the directives given.
Captain Ankamah, who heads the Tema office of GMA, told the managers the limited but critical staff working were properly attired and briefed on the safety protocols to observe in carrying out their inspections and survey duties.
Mr Alonsi and his team also met with his counterpart at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr Michael Luguje.