Under the framework of the EU funded Project “IPSEA - Support to the Maritime Transport Sector in Western & Central Africa: Improvement of Port Safety and Port Efficiency”, the implementing consortium IMSSEA-Open Plan Consulting-Engineering has executed two Regional workshops in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) and Accra (Ghana), in the field of Port Safety, Security and Port Efficiency. The first Regional workshop (Abidjan, 18-19 July 2016), addressed to sharing of experience among Francophone Countries, has been implemented, under the premises of the Regional Academy of Maritime Sciences and Techniques - Academie Regionale des Sciences et Tecniques de la Mer. This workshop has involved representatives and officers from Port Authorities and Maritime institutions from Ivory Coast, Senegal, Congo, Benin and Togo.
The second Regional workshop (Accra, 21-22 July 2016), addressed at sharing the experience among Anglophone Countries, has been implemented under the premises of the Regional Maritime University. This workshop has involved representatives and officers from Port Authorities and Maritime institutions from Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroun and Liberia. Both workshops have been also attended by representatives from the Regional Organizations PMAWCA (Port Management Association of Western and Central Africa) and CRESMAC (Economic Community of Countries of Western and Central Africa), sharing the interesting experience of networking and coordinating the twenty two regular member Ports and Nine Associate Members, including landlocked Countries and Maritime Organizations, all located along the West Coast of the Africa Continent.
A set of Recommendations on Best practices for Port Safety/Security and Port Efficiency was drafted as the final results of the work performed during the two workshops, and are shared with the African beneficiaries and with the ACP Secretariat and the EU, which are the Implementing and Financial Institutions of the Project.
The IPSEA Project has been implemented along a 30 months duration from March 2016 up to September 2016, and has involved over 450 trainees from Port and Maritime Authorities of Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Congo and Togo, as well as the abovementioned Maritime Academic Institutions for the relevant train-the trainers’ program.