Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) has organized a seminar to increase the knowledge of Justices of the Superior Courts of Ghana on contemporary trends in the shipping and logistics sector.
The objective of the Seminar, which was organized in conjunction with the Judicial Training Institute (JTI), was to help the Judges to adjudicate disputes efficiently and effectively.
Speaking at the 14th Maritime Law Seminar last Friday in Accra, Chief Justice (CJ) Gertrude Araba Esaaba Torkornoo mentioned the expected increase in maritime economic activities within Ghana’s territory, which may give rise to disputes related to the transportation of goods and international trade in general.
On her part, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice Mrs Diana Asonaba Dapaah, provided an update on the progress of the Maritime Offences Bill, 2022.
She stated that the Bill aims to domesticate the International Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) and related protocols.
Highlighting the importance of the new bill, the Deputy Minister noted that it would play a key role in the prosecution of piracy suspects, as the existing legislation, captured in the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), is inadequate for the effective adjudication of sophisticated piracy matters.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the GSA, Ms Benonita Bismarck, briefed the judges on the GSA’s efforts at addressing the increasing insurgent attacks within the West Africa sub-region.
She emphasized the significance of the seminar given the dynamic nature of the shipping and logistics sector.
Richard Aniagyei, ISD