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Monday, September 28, 2020 

Speaking at a World Maritime Day event in Ghana, the Ghana Maritime Authority Director General said that the effects of the IMO2020 sulphur oxide restrictions have led to significant reductions in harmful emissions from incoming ships, with consequent benefits to human health and the environment.

Thomas Kofi Alonsi said that Ghana would be enforcing compliance with the sulphur regulations, which mean ships must either be equipped with approved exhaust gas cleaning systems or use low-sulphur fuel. He pointed out that the World Maritime Day theme, 'Sustainable Shipping for a sustainable planet' is intended to encourage key stakeholders in the sector to develop and implement strategies to address a wide range of issues, including marine base economic development and the s-called 'Blue Economy', i.e. the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem. Additionally, World Maritime Day is set aside by the UN, through the IMO, to celebrate the contributions of the maritime industry worldwide to the world economy, especially in shipping.

Recognising the significant role the maritime industry plays in national development, Alonsi said that his government is committed to ensure that the industry flourishes, hence the full endorsement of the Sulphur Cap 2020 initiative to significantly reduce sulphur emissions either through scrubbers or mandating the 0.5% sulphur content limit of ships fuel oil.

The Chief Director of the Transport Ministry, Mable Sagoe, who represented the sector minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah indicated that the day served as a wakeup call to raise awareness on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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