The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has, since 2004, complied with and committed itself to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) by establishing the provision of Port Reception Facilities and Services through concessionary arrangements with private sector operators.
This arrangement ensures that ships calling Ghana’s ports are able to legally dispose of their waste ashore rather than illegally discharging them into the marine environment.
GPHA, in collaboration with the Ports Environmental Network-Africa (PENAf), has organised a 3-day workshop for the various operators of the port reception facilities to upgrade their skills and capacity to perform efficiently and sustainably.
The Executive Coordinator of PENAf, Dr. Harry Barnes-Dabban, said the training is necessary for the operators to catch up with contemporary developments at the global level.
He said: “A year from now, what I anticipate should happen is that they are able to have good collaboration, they are able to have good data on the waste they are collecting and processing, their operational processes, and also what they discharge. And then we should begin to see good technological investment in what they are doing.”
He said such activities will also lead to the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority’s sustainable initiatives.
“It helps GPHA promote the blue economy of Ghana and Africa at large. By sufficiently facilitating the provision of port reception facilities at the port, discourage pollution by ships, and therefore, protecting marine life and fish which is a major part of our economy.”