OMA Group News : July

Ghana looks forward to welcoming British prime minister David Cameron later this year in a visit that aims to further strengthen the diplomatic ties between the United Kingdom and Ghana.  Mr Cameron announced this at a meeting with President John Dramani Mahama and a number of senior ministers at No. 10 Downing Street earlier this month.  Mr Cameron said his decision to visit Ghana was in part, a recognition of Ghana’s status as an “island of peace and stability.”

Happy 5th Anniversary OMA Benin!

Last month a small party was held for staff and family to celebrate 5 years, some 300 port calls, approximately 1,953,591 tonnes of cargo and many offshore operations in Benin. We were the first ship agency in Benin to be awarded the ISO 9001/2008 accreditation by Moody International and look forward to meeting our customers needs and providing a service that is second to none for many years to come.

On the 24-25th June in Yaounde, Cameroon, a conference on Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea took place. west and Central African Heads of State gathered to prepare a common strategy to fight sea crime.

Benin is ahead of the curve in this issue and the following anti-piracy measures have already been implemented by the Benin government with excellent success and as a result there has been no sea crime in our waters since September 2011.

  • The Benin navy are equipped with 5 state of the art fast patrol boats (Sota, Kpomassé, Alibori, Oueme, Zou, ) that ensure the security of our waters
  • Two aircrafts have been ordered. One was delivered at the end of 2012, the second one will be delivered in 2013.
  • The semaphore is fully operational (another naval base) at Grand–Popo, and serves as a second radar centre to track all vessels parading Benin waters, thus enhancing security in Benin waters.
  • Safety zones and map are available upon request. Naval clearance is required for all vessels entering Benin waters (It is free for vessels coming alongside). It is also compulsory for every vessel entering the protected zone to appoint an Agent to organise and pay the navy clearance fee. Tariffs for naval clearance (with 14 days validity) at Euro 2000 per vessel and Euro 3000 per storage tanker for vessels engaged in STS operations.

Welcome OMA Côte d’Ivoire.   (OMA CI), who began operations in newly renovated offices close to the port of Abidjan this month.
OMA CI offers full liner agency, vessel husbandry, on and off shore services as well as vessel handling and logistics.
For more details contact operations manager Jean Baptiste Ado Ado, tel: + 225 21 25 02 92 or email :

In line with HSSE Policy, OMA Ghana recently organised a fire drill at the Tema office with the Fire Service Ghana.
All staff participated in the evacuation and
downstairs in the parking lot Kennedy Osae [pictured] demonstrated how to safely put out a fire with his admiring and supportive colleagues watching from a safe distance!

 OMA Ghana’s weekly roundup of maritime, political and local news for the West African region can be found at Ghana News

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