Ghana Maritime Authourity Directs All Sea Ports To Prevent Any Ship Whose Crew Is Suspected To Be Infected With Covid-19 From Entering The Country.
The Centre for International Maritime Affairs Ghana (CIMAG) applauds the Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) on its directives to not allow vessels with any member suspected to be infected with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) into the country. This has become necessary in order to protect the lives of the Ghanaian public.
The GMA has further directed for the services of seafarers to be suspended for a fortnight including
physical receipt of applications,
biometric capturing leading to the issuance of Certificates of Competency,
Certificates of Proficiency,
Seafarers Identity Document and Seafarers Discharge books
Notice of Eligibility Letters etc.
It is important that all sources of importation for the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) be adequately curtailed while the Ghana Medical Association and other stakeholders concentrate and work to save the lives of those confirmed infected and to avoid community spreading.
CIMAG would like to encourage the GMA to follow up on the directives to ensure that they are being carried out to the later and the protocols being observed appropriately.
CIMAG admonishes the affected stakeholders to remain calm and cooperate for the benefit of all amidst these difficulties it may pose.
We are collectively fighting this pandemic and we shall emerge victorious.