FG Tasks IMO on Retraining of PSC Officers

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The Federal Government has charged the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to remain dedicated to the training and retraining of Ports State Control Officers, says an article published in The Tide News.

Effective and efficient examination

According to the government, this is in order to help with the effective and efficient inspection of substandard ships in West and Central Africa.

Dr. Magdalene Ajani, Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transportation, revealed this in Lagos at a regional workshop for heads of maritime administrations in West and Central Africa.

Ability to ensure 

She urged Port State Control Officers in the region to be up to date on new trends, breakthroughs, inventions, and hot topics in their sector.

“One of the yardsticks for measuring an effective MoU is its ability to ensure a harmonised system of Port State Control, strengthen cooperation, as well as information exchange amongst members with the ultimate aim of preventing the operation of substandard ships within the MoU region.”

Quality of service

“This workshop/training, which will keep participants abreast of current events, innovations, inventions, and topical issues in the industry, couldn’t have come at a better time than now when the Abuja MoU is striving to become the enviable MoU in terms of quality of service and performance amongst the nine regional MoUs. I commend the Secretary-General and secretariat of the Abuja MoU.”

“The essence of port state control is to inspect foreign ships in national ports to verify the condition of the ship and its equipment and ascertain that she is manned/operated in compliance with the requirements of international conventions/regulations to ensure maritime safety and security and prevent pollution of the marine environment.”

Professionalism and skill

To this end, regular training and retraining of port state control officers are key in ensuring that they display a high level of professionalism and skill in the conduct of inspections on board ships calling at their ports.”

“I, therefore, wish to urge the heads of maritime administrations here present to ensure that similar training(s) as this is replicated for Port State Control Officers in your respective administrations.”

“It should be noted that the Abuja MoU is not tied to one Member State alone. All Member States here present are critical stakeholders of the MoU.”

Contributing to the growth 

“Therefore, we must all join forces and strive to ensure that we constantly uphold the ideals and objectives upon which the MoU was established.” 

For this reason,

“I urge all member states to play their part in contributing to the growth of the Abuja MoU, so that we can constantly meet expectations and safeguard our marine domains.

“I wish to encourage every member state that has not ratified and domesticated the Abuja MoU relevant instruments, which include the IMO and ILO conventions/codes for PSC to do so promptly, so that we can move with the tide of the IMO,” Ajani noted.

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Source: TideNews

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