Abuja MoU denounces effects of sub-standard ships on human life and marine environment

THE Secretary General of the Abuja MoU, Captain Sunday Umoren, has denounced the detrimental effects of sub-standard ships on human life and the marine environment.

He revealed this during the ongoing International Maritime Organization (IMO) workshop on the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1997 (MARPOL) and the International Convention for the Control and Management of Waters of ships’ ballast and sediments, 2004 (BWM) in Abidjan. , Ivory Coast.

The Port State Control Memorandum of Understanding for the West and Central Africa region (Abuja MoU) is one of 9+1 MoUs established in October 1999 with a mandate and a clear target to eliminate substandard vessels in the region.

In his opening address, Umoren defined a substandard ship as a ship defective in design and construction, lacking in maintenance and repair, with an extended life beyond the age of scrapping. , manned by poorly trained and uncertified personnel, undermanned, i.e., unequipped with all the compliments of the crew in accordance with the Safety Crew Certificate, and maintains unacceptable safety standards and /or questionable.

The Secretary-General, who identified the negative effects of substandard ships, instructed policymakers in African countries to be proactive in enforcing regulations that keep faulty ships out of their ports.