Cargo vessel traffic not affected Despite COVID-19, says Maritime Authority
Deputy Director, Ship Inspections & Marine Security at GMA, Captain Emmanuel Ankamah
The Ghana Maritime Authority has said that there is no noticeable reduction in cargo vessel traffic to the country yet despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
This was revealed by the Deputy Director, Ship Inspections & Marine Security at GMA, Captain Emmanuel Ankamah when the Director-General of the Authority, Mr. Thomas Kofi Alonsi paid a visit to the Tema Port.
Captain Emmanuel Ankamah said the figures indicate demand in cargo ships at the port despite lockdowns across the world.
It can be recalled that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo while announcing the closure of Ghana’s borders as part of measures to prevent the spread of the virus exempted cargo ships.
Captain Ankamah, told the managers who visited the port that the limited staff working at the port have been properly attired and briefed on the safety protocols to observe in carrying out their inspections and survey duties.
Measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus
Mr. Alonsi also met with the Director General at the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr. Michael Luguje. Commenting on the measures taken at the ports, Mr. Luguje said the GPHA in compliance with the directives issued by the GMA, has outlined safety protocols and procedures at the port.
He added that the Port Health Authority has been mandated to screen the crew onboard ships coming to the country for symptoms of the virus through the anchorage area.
He said even though there were a number of false alarms, all the people they took samples of, tested negative for the virus.
Mr. Luguje said the GPHA had on one occasion refuse entry for a ship from a particular country and expressed pleasure that the measures put in place have so far worked well.
GMA pledges support to GPHA
Mr. Alonsi assured the GPHA of their support wherever necessary and praised the GPHA for both their efforts and cooperation.
He said it was absolutely important that the two bodies remained vigilant in the exercise of their mandate “so that we can continue to keep our people and our country safe.”