Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has urged Port State Control Officers, to display a high level of professionalism in carrying out their duties of inspecting foreign ships at national ports.
Amaechi spoke at the 11th Port State Control Committee PSC, meeting of the Memorandum of Understanding on Committee for West and Central Africa Region also known as Abuja MoU, in Lagos.
Amaechi explained that the essence of PSC is, “the inspection of Ships, to verify their condition, equipment, and whether the ship is manned and operated in compliance with the requirements of international conventions and regulations to ensure maritime safety and security of lives, assets and to prevent pollution.”
Amaechi however thanked Member states for ensuring that the Abuja MoU performed well in the face of COVID-19 and urged them not to relent in their commitments to inspections, trainings and overall contributions.
Similarly, Ghana’s Minister of Transportation and Chairman of Abuja MoU, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, in his opening speech, said “Port State Control acts as an important safety net to eliminate the operation of sub-standard ships to ensure the needed safety.