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Sierra Leone News : Sierra Leone Maritime Administration Launches Flag State Seminar
By Bryan Randall
Aug 1, 2014, 17:12
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The opening ceremony of a National Seminar on Flag State Implementation and Maritime Legislative Review was held at the conference room of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) Conference hall yesterday 31st July 2014.


The Seminar started on July 31st
will continue on the 1st of August 2014. The Seminar is jointly organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and funded by the European Union through the 10th European Development Fund Intra- ACP Project.

 

This programme is sponsored by the European Union (EU) through the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) based in Brussels, Belgium. Sierra Leone is among the 19 beneficiary countries of the programme in West and Central Africa.


The objective of the program is to ensure that the Intra-Africa Trade involving African countries are carried out in the most efficient, safe, environmentally friendly and productive manner. In addition, the program is aimed at preparing the maritime administrations in Africa for the upcoming mandatory member state Audit Scheme of IMO.


Cross section of the Consultants, Board and staff members, Deputy Minister of Transport & Aviation Mr. Washingai Mansaray and Executive Director SLMA

 

In his welcome address, the Chairman of the occasion and Executive Director of Sierra Leone Maritime Administration Alhaji Wurroh Jalloh acknowledged the presence of all stakeholders including the representatives of the ports authority, shipping agencies, mining companies and office of national security (ONS). He said the seminar is aimed at enhancing the effective management of the SLMA in line with international standard security and safety. Alhaji Jalloh intimated that after the seminar they expect to domesticate all relevant protocols with the help of the Sierra Leone legislature and political will by the Government of Sierra Leone.

 

The representative of Mr. Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Mr. William Azur, in his statement recognized the two consultants, Captain Joe Zerafa of Malta and Mr. Alex Buabeng of Ghana who he described as outstanding maritime experts. He said the last three days they reviewed several important documents of the Sierra Leonean Maritime Administration and spoke with a number of technical officers of the administration with a view to identifying gaps, propose measures to plug those gaps and bring the relevant treaties to comply with global standards. This is meant to enhance the operations and status of Sierra Leones Maritime Administration.

 

Mr. Azur said the IMO Audit Scheme is a health-check of Maritime Administrations aimed at correcting any identified gaps and challenges for the good of the country concerned and by extension the global maritime community. IMO is in partnership with the ACP/EU Secretariat to deliver this important programme.  He informed that Sierra Leone alongside other beneficiaries of the programme will participate at a regional seminar possibly before the end of this year during which all the national activities being implemented under the ACP/EU Programme will be reviewed on a wider scale with a view to harmonization for uniform implementation. Once IMO is ready with the preparation for the regional seminar, your maritime administration will be informed accordingly.


The meeting was intimated that in order to buttress the importance of effective implementation of IMO conventions and while launching this years World maritime Day theme in January this year, the IMO Secretary General posed a number of questions to all Members States and indeed the world maritime community. Quoting the IMO Secretary General, he said: What is the point of working for months, even for years, to develop and adopt an international convention if that convention doesnt enter into force? The second question was:

 

What is the point of all the technical work, the debates and discussion, the negotiations and compromises required to create an instrument does not then become part of the international legal framework?

 

His response was the answer to the above questions of course is that there is very little point at all.  

 

The Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation Mr. Ibrahim Washingai Mansaray in his Keynote address informed the meeting that the underlying reason for the mandatory member state audit which comes into effect in2016.  He thanked the IMO for selecting Sierra Leone as a beneficiary of the seminar. Mr. Mansaray said as a Flag State, we have several hundreds of ships on our register, both locally and internationally. He noted that even if the responsibility as Registrar of Ships has been delegated to a foreign agency it is still the duty of the SLMA to ensure that all ships flying the flag conforms and complies with international regulations and conventions.

 

The Deputy Minister noted that Sierra Leone has many ports which are very busy among which include Freetown, Pepel, Nitti and other offshore loading positions. He said that as a port and coastal state we have a duty to ensure that all ships using our waterways comply with international regulations and conventions. If not they will be stopped and made to correct deficiencies and fined or arrested, the Deputy Minister declared. Mr. Mansaray implored the directors and staff to make the most of the mission. He encouraged them to review the work and final report of the consultants, act on any recommendations and ensure that dedicated qualified and competent personnel undertake the responsibilities with which they have been entrusted.


The Deputy Minster acknowledged the fact that Sierra Leone will be unable to enforce the maritime laws in the absence of regulations that underpin the Merchant Shipping Act and other conventions. He then declared the two day Seminar open.

 

The Chairman, Board of Directors- SLMA Balla Kamara gave the vote of thanks.


In an interview with this media, the Executive Director, Alhaji Wurroh Jalloh said they at SLMA have satisfied certain criteria in terms of international regulations and that is why they have been selected. He said as regulators working in partnership with ports, shipping agencies and mining companies they are poised to effectively exercise their mandate. He said all foreign ships must be inspected and SLMA cannot afford to allow old and worn out ships to berth in our waters. The Executive Director said oil spillages are a risk to the ecological structure of the Sierra Leonean coast. He therefore maintained that it was quite necessary for appropriate maritime legislation to be enforced referencing the importance of the seminar. Mr. Jalloh said this will help in regulating sea traffic and avoid collision of vessels.


Concerning the present state of health emergency declared by His Excellency the President, the Executive Director said he welcomed the Presidents move to fight the deadly virus. He noted that they had gone to a number of ports in the north to do safety sensitization among boat owners and boat users. He promised to do more and expressed willingness to work with the Presidential Task Force on Ebola for the safety of the people of Sierra Leone.


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