Association appraises Intercontinental collaboration, key for Africa maritime trade

David Adekunle, Lagos

L - R) Jens O. Floe, Chief Executive Officer, Red Sea Gateway Terminal, Nneka O. Obianyor, Nigeria’s Registrar of Ships, Emmanuel Alfred, Special Assistant to the Director-General/CEO, NIMASA, Angela Safo-Kantanka, Deputy Director, Ghana Maritime authority and Bob Jaques, Editor, Seatrade Maritime Review

The Chairman of the Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) Dakuku Peterside has said that intercontinental collaboration is essential to the growth of maritime trade in Africa.

Dakuku who also is the Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, was recognised by the Seatrade Maritime Awards organisers as an outstanding leader driving the growth of maritime on the African Continent.

Speaking while receiving the award, Dakuku said AAMA views intercontinental partnership as the only way forward for global maritime especially in Africa.

According to him, “our role is to place Africa on the platform it belongs in terms of growth of the entire maritime sector of the continent. As the biggest Island of all the continents we need to collaborate more to reap the benefits inherent in the African Maritime Sector”

Dakuku who was represented by Nigeria’s Registrar of Ships, Mrs Nneka Obianyor commended the organisers for the Award adding that this would spur the association to continue to do more as it plays its advisory role that would facilitate collaborations to grow maritime in Africa.

“we are ready to partner with anyone to grow maritime in Africa because maritime is one of the options we have for the growth and development of our continent and that is why we are calling on the world to partner with us because there are a lot of investment opportunities in the African Maritime sector”.

Purposeful leadership

Meanwhile, the Organisers under the patronage of H.E Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayman, Chairman of Dubai Maritime City Authority used the award presentation medium to extol the AAMA Chairman Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his team for championing purposeful leadership within the African maritime sector.

“This Award recognises organisations that have made significant impact and AAMA was chosen based on what the body is doing to grow maritime on the continent of Africa. We also recognise the impact of AAMA on the development of the supply chain, growth of business and her role in stimulating infrastructural growth in Africa”.

The Association of African Maritime Administrations (AAMA) is the coordinating body for 38 Maritime Administrations in Africa established pursuant to article 5 of the African Maritime Transport Charter (AMTC).

The Body developed the African Maritime Regulatory Country Performance review on self-assessment of implementation of obligations and responsibilities under the International Maritime Organization Procedures and Practices.


Emmanuel Ukoh