SLMA celebrates World Maritime Day
The Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA) on Thursday September 24, 2020 joined other countries around the world to celebrate this year’s World Maritime Day with the theme: “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable planet”. September 24 of every year is set aside as World Maritime Day by the International Maritime Organization to raise public awareness on maritime issues in member countries.
In his statement, SLMA Executive Director, Paul S. Massaquoi, stated that the day is been used as a tool for advocacy but the added, “This year’s day is celebrated in isolation and the majority done online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
he said the promotion of sustainable shipping and maritime development is one of the major priorities of the International Maritime Organization, and spoke about maritime and training, maritime security, traffic management, energy efficiency and new technology .
According to him, the development of global standards which covers other issues will underpin the IMO’s commitment to provide the institutional framework and sustainable global maritime transportation.
“The theme for this year provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness on the United Nations Sustainable Development and to showcase the work that the IMO and its member states are undertaking to achieve the set targets. it also provides the opportunity for leaders from various sectors especially the fishing and marine resource industry and transport industry to reflect on the urgent steps needed to plan a sustainable future,” he said.
Mr. Massaquoi revealed that for the past three months, he has been able to file and recovered over Le27.9 million debts, negotiate payment plan to all debtors of the institution, secured five state-of-the-heart zodiac posts and also securing 10,00 life jackets and overalls at no cost to the institution.
Director-General of the Sierra Leone National Shipping Agency, Ahmed Saybom Kanu said: “Let me start by commending the organizers of this event. The theme: ‘Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable planet’ must not have come at a better than today when the impact of environmental pollution on the world are devastating.”
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Umaru Dumbuya, assured of their unflinching support to the management to achieve set goals.
“Sustainable development is key to the post-COVID-19 pandemic and SLMA will be at the front. Sustainable shipping for sustainable development provides an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and showcase the work the IMO and member states are undertaking to achieve targets,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Transport and Aviation, Sadiq Sillah assured SLMA of the ministry’s unflinching support at all times to achieve set targets.