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THE MARITIME LABOUR CONVENTION AND PIRACY; THE FATE OF THE GHANAIAN SEAFARER.

Written by Jeffrey Botchway (LLM Maritime Law) botchwayjeffrey@gmail.com THE ISSUE    The Maritime Labour Convention (hereafter MLC) which was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2006 contains several provisions that seek to address the needs of the seafarer. Based on its design, the Convention came into force 12 months after the minimum requirements set out for its entry ...

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5 DIC’s future looks bleak as Customs take over cargo classification by September

customs classification,

By the 1st of September this year, the Ghana customs would take over the responsibility of classification of cargo for determining the appropriate duty, a responsibility which is currently performed by the 5 Destination Inspection Companies (DIC’s) in the country. The decision to take over from the DIC’s is in accordance to requirements from the World Customs Organization and to ensure ...

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New Regional Customs regime presents good times to trade within West Africa

trade facilitation in west Africa

    Many academic researches and studies about Africa have stressed the need for an effective intra-regional trade as a major tool in accelerating the continents developments efforts. The continent which has been tagged as the “next big thing’ however, has certain challenges like multiple trade blocks, inadequate hinterland connectivity etc which has been identified among others as some of ...

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7 Amazing Shipping container houses

shipping container home

    The advent of shipping containers has simplified cargo transport by improving cargo handling, transportation and packaging thereby facilitating international trade which is much needed for the sustenance of mankind. In recent times, architects and designers have found very interesting ways to make good use of refurbished shipping containers to create comfortable and cost effective building structures. Shipping Container ...

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A 1000-DAYS WITH SOMALIAN PIRATES; THE WORLD RATHER FORGOT TOO SOON

Somalian Pirates, rescue operation for MV iceberg

      On the 29th of March 2010, the MV Iceberg, a panama flagged vessel belonging to Azal Shipping Company  based in Dubai was attacked by pirates  en-route to Dubai from Port of Eden in Yemen with a cargo of heavy duty Cummins generators, some transformers and empty ISO containers.     The vessel together with its’ 24 man crew ...

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8 STUNNING FUTURE SHIP DESIGNS

    Constant changes in maritime regulations, safety and environmental requirements have always had an impact on the design of ships over the years. From the days of the early explorers, the functions and design of ships have constantly changed to suit the particular era or situation. Whether for exploration, war, entertainment and pleasure, trade or for commercial purposes. There ...

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5 EVASIVE MEASURES USED BY VESSELS TO OUTWIT PIRATES

  Fighting maritime piracy has continually been a debate in the maritime industry and pirates seem to have an advantage as international regulations forbids commercial vessels to be armed with guns and hence ships and shipping lines have used different techniques and measures to outwit pirates.       An obvious evasive measure is to avoid sailing through pirate prone zones by entirely ...

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Intra-African trade, much needed to boost the continent’s Global competitiveness

  Africa has been tagged by many researches and statistics as the “next big thing” due to a growing middle class with lots of fresh and under tapped ( if not untapped) business opportunities. With an estimated population of over a billion, the continent has a huge market potential but countries in the region have done little to harness the  opportunities ...

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Is the Quota allocation policy crippling private stevedores at Tema port?

private stevedores

Ghana a little over a decade ago, launched the Ghana Gateway Project (GGWP) which was among other things aimed at positioning the nation and its ports as gateways into the sub-region.    As part of making the ports very competitive and efficient, the port authority (GPHA) was to assume a “landlord port” status which permitted and encouraged private participation in ...

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Maritime Piracy! To pay or not to pay the ransom?

piracy, ransom, sirius star

  Maritime piracy has been one of the oldest forms of robbery in the world and has continually been an issue of grave concern in the maritime industry as it adds up more cost to shipping.  One particular hotspot for this act has been the seas around the “horn of Africa” where Somalia pirates mostly operate. Reports has it that ...

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