Ghana Institute of Marine Surveyors graduates first batch of students

BLAY PIXThe Ghana Institute of Marine Surveyors (GIMS) in collaboration with the Regional Maritime University (RMU) has graduated its first batch of Container Inspectors and Marine Surveyors at a ceremony here.

The graduates comprised nine Ghanaian cargo container inspectors, who completed a 20-week International Institute of Container Lessors (IICL) Inspectors training course at GIMS and passed the annual global IICL examination in January.

Additionally eight marine surveyors made up of seven Ghanaians and one Sierra Leonean, who completed a four-week marine survey course at GIMS and have been certified by GIMS and the RMU also graduated at the ceremony.

The ceremony was also used by GIMS to confer fellow status on eight pioneering members who have served the institute, the marine and shipping industry in an extraordinary manner.

In an address Mr. Kofi Brakoh, Member of Parliament for the Tema Central Constituency who chaired the function, commended GIMS for brazing the trail to achieve success in spite of all odds.

He said the maritime sector had great potential for earning the country a lot of foreign exchange and employment generation but lack of appreciation of the sector had made it difficult for Ghana to tap the full potential.

Mr. Brakoh therefore, urged members of GIMS to make their voices heard on matters concerning the development of ports, exploitation of oil and gas and manpower development among other things, to help policy makers make informed decisions.

The Director of Training at GIMS, Captain Edwin Botchway, said, a study carried out six months ago showed that there were no certified container inspectors to inspect damaged containers or certify repaired ones in West African ports.

“As a result most of the damaged containers arriving at those ports are returned abroad with increased cost for shippers and container owners,” he said.

Capt. Botchway said under the provision of the international convention for safe containers, containers were supposed to go through periodic inspection and examination and damaged ones were to be certified by an IICL inspectors or Certified Classification Society Surveyors after repairs.

According to him the certification of qualified container inspectors by GIMS would enforce capacity and delivery at Ghana’s ports and eliminate the trend of damaged containers being sent abroad for inspection or repairs.

He added that the training of its members and professionals in the maritime and shipping community was in accordance with international safety demands and global shipping standards and in line with one of the fundamental objectives of the institute.

Capt. Botchway appealed to stakeholders to support the training courses with training equipment and materials.

The President of GIMS, Capt. William Amanhyia, offered appreciation to all those who contributed to raise maritime professional standards in the country.

From Godfred Blay Gibbah, Tema.

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