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17.06.2004 Business & Finance

Takoradi Port to implement ISPS Conventions

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Takoradi, June 17, GNA - The Takoradi Port would implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) and International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention by July 1 2004. The two conventions are meant to prevent acts of terrorism, which threaten the security of passengers and crew and the safety of ships. Mr. Nii Noi Amassah, Stevedoring Manager of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GHAPOHA) said this would make the Takoradi Port comply with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). He said Ghana signed the conventions and the country must ensure safety at port and at sea, adding, "recent terrorist attacks in the United States of America has shown that the maritime transport system could be a prime target or vehicle for future attacks." He said the code defines restricted areas in port facilities and in ships and unauthorised persons are not expected to be found at the port since such breaches could lead to severe consequences for the country. Mr. Nestor Galley, Director of the Takoradi Port said a new identity card would be issued to port workers from September this year. He said the ID card would facilitate monitoring, and meet ISPS standards, adding that a perimeter fence is being built around the port. Mr. Galley said the Takoradi Port would soon engage a security company to provide sniffer dogs to ensure maximum security and eliminate the menace of stowaway. He added that a Port Facility Security Committee (PFSC) had been established while an Electronic Surveillance System is also being installed. 17 June 04