The Ghana Shippers Authority over the weekend, outdoored its maiden edition of the “THE ADMIRAL”- A COMPENDIUM, which was written by great personnel’s in both the Shipping industry and in the judiciary service, including the C.E.O of the shippers Authority Dr. Kofi Mbiah and her ladyship, former Chief Justice of the republic of the Ghana Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood.
Over the past decade the Authority has collaborated with the Judicial Training Institute to organize the annual Maritime Low seminar series for the judges of the Superior Courts of judicature and as an avenue for continuing legal education with respect to pertinent legal developments in the Maritime industry, “THE ADMIRAL” A COMPENDIUM which has been introduced, is a compilation of papers presented by seasoned experts in Maritime Law.
The 1,500 paged book, also will serve as a ready reference material that would undoubtedly enrich and nourish the knowledge of the Judges, Lawyers, Maritime Trade and logistics practitioners, students and Researchers alike.
Her Ladyship, the Chief Justice of the Republic of Ghana Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood, the Minister Of Transport, the President of the Ghana Bar Association and the C.E.O of the Shippers Authority were in attendance of the lunch of this great book.
Addressing the crowd at the lainch, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood said, Ghanaians should not forget the pioneering role played by our late Chief Justice Aquah in this enterprise which today presents her with an opportunity to bid her final farewell to the Ghana shippers Authority headed by one of the nations most internationally acclaimed expect in Maritime Law, Dr. Kofi Mbiah, the CEO of the Ghana shippers Authority.
“And for the long standing, warm and fruitful partnership, I have enjoyed with them over the years both in my official and personal capacity, I am indeed filled with a sense of pride for our collective hard work and achievement over the last decade”. She expressed.
“Sometimes the simpler options have beckoned and we would have retreated and coiled into our shells, but together we have dared boldly, while drawing strength, inter Alia, from such inspirational quotes as Anne Bronte’s,“He who dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose” and so despite the occasional setbacks, overalls we have not been overawed by our bounden duty”.
“We have all discharged our mandate with a sense of satisfaction and accomplishments, there is no doubt that as judges, we wield enormous powers and occupy a privilege position in society” Her ladyship acknowledged.
In conclusion, she said, when through his grace I have come to this point in my life, then I can say with Lord Justice Denning what, he did artfully express in bus book, the closing chapter but I do know that in the great experience of life and in the small ones too, such strength as I have is of God, and the weakness is mine.
On his part, the C.E.O of the Shippers Authority acknowledged the efforts of his outfit, citing that, over the years the Ghana shippers Authority has protected and promoted the interests of shippers through it’s programmes and the establishment of shipper complaints and support unites at the major Land borders which provide real time assistance to shippers, the maritime seminars for the media and for judge.
“Over publications in the national dailies advising shippers not to pay more than rates agreed with service providers, the negotiation of freight rates for the carriage of Ghana’s cocoa which saves the country on the average close to 10 million dollars annually, the development of the Takoradi logistics Platform and the Authority’s Warehouse in Tema, which provides logistics support to shippers”.
“Also the publication of the journal that provides information on current shipping matters and statistics to the industry, the Ghana shippers house purposed to house a freight exchange and a Maritime Arbitration centres, but a part of the programmes and infrastructure developed by the Authority to assist shippers”. He said.
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Story by: Gabriel Mauricio