The 13th Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Management and Operations Course began at GAFCSC on Monday 12 February 2018. The week long programme will end on Friday16 February, 2018.

The guest of honor for the opening ceremony was the Commandant of the College, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama. Other dignitaries who graced the occasion were the Deputy Commandant, Assistant Commandant, Directors and Directing Staff of the College.

COMMANDANT WITH THE DEPUTY AND ASSISTANT COMMANDANTS DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY


The aim of the course is to provide professionals in the maritime industry, affiliated stakeholders and important decision makers in the maritime industry with the background knowledge required for the effective EEZ management and operations. The objectives of the EEZ module are:
a. Create awareness among stakeholders about the enormity of the resource potential and the requirements for monitoring, control and surveillance of the ocean.
b. Identify the capabilities required to manage the EEZ.
c. Identify and define the roles and capabilities of the various stakeholders engaged in the effective and efficient management of the EEZ.
d. Enable stakeholders to appreciate the magnitude of each other’s contribution towards the management of resources within country’s EEZ.
e. Develop mechanisms to harness collaborative efforts of stakeholders to support training and financing of the operations involved in the management of the EEZ among others.
The subject areas to be covered include International Maritime Law, Maritime Threats, Search and Rescue at Sea, Fishery Resources in Ghana’s EEZ, Meteorology and Oceanography, Oil Spillage Response, Global Maritime Distress and Safety Systems, etc.
Participants on the Course comprise of 58 regular students of GAFCSC Senior Course 39 and 20 external participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The external participants are drawn from the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Ghana Maritime Authority, Maritime University, GTV, NACOB, EPA, University of Ghana, Ghana Marine Police, Fisheries Commission among others. The course is residential for GAFCSC students and non-residential for external participants.

SOME OF THE COURSE PARTICIPANTS DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY


Resource persons for the course are drawn from GAFCSC, the Ghana Navy, Maritime University, University of Ghana and GIMPA.
Addressing the participants, the guest of honour, Rear Admiral Amoama outlined the importance of the maritime environment to Ghana and all littoral states. He stated that countries should strike a balance between the exploitation of the resources of the oceans for current use and safe guiding the maritime environment for the benefit future generations. He urged the participants to make judicious use of their time during the course and also make new friends.

REAR ADMIRAL SETH AMOAMA DELIVERING HIS OPENING ADDRESS


Rear Admiral Amoama acknowledge the support given by the UK government for the running of the course and also thanked all other stakeholders whose support had made the programme to see the light of day.