“Liberia will not remain on the periphery of maritime industry decision-making” – Nagbe pleads for Liberia’s readmission to IALA

(COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – June 1, 2022) Maritime Commissioner Lenn Eugene Nagbe said Liberia will not remain on the periphery of international maritime organizations “where industry issues are being decided.” Given Liberia’s crucial role as a leading maritime nation, he said, there is a need for the country to have a place at the table among global players.

The boss of Liberia Maritime was speaking on June 1, 2022 at the 75th session of the Council of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) in Copehangen, Denmark. There, he stressed that rejoining IALA will enable Liberia to contribute to the implementation of its obligations as a port and coastal state, as well as to implement other international conventions.

It will lead to the “reduction of maritime accidents, the improvement of the safety of life and property at sea, as well as the protection of the marine environment”, the commissioner said.

He told IALA board members that Liberia would be a “reliable partner” once admitted and that the country intended to use the opportunity to train and build the capacity of Liberians in the areas of maritime aids to navigation, as well as collaborating with other nations in the field, while providing specialized training in accordance with IALA standards.

The International Association of Maritime Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities, formerly known as the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities, was founded in 1957 to collect and provide nautical expertise and advice to member countries. Liberia’s membership was withdrawn in 1983 following the military coup in the country.

One of the main activities of the Commissioner of the Maritime Authority of Liberia has been to ensure that the country regains its rightful place in the global industry.

During the meeting, he explained that the National Ports Authority of Liberia and its agent, APM Terminals, are already finalizing the technical details to upgrade the Aids to Navigation infrastructure to bring it back to life. 24 hour service.

“Given its important location in the Gulf, this measure will further position Monrovia as a strong link in the global maritime safety and security chain,” said Commissioner Nagbe, noting that IALA’s support is a “catalyst essential in this business.

The IALA Council is expected to take a decision by June 3, 2022 on Liberia’s readmission before the convention closes in Copenhagen.

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