Historic: IMO Secretary General visits RMU - Regional Maritime University

The visit of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General, Mr. Kitack Lim, to the Regional Maritime University (RMU) on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019 witnessed a representation of distinguished dignitaries from the Maritime Fraternity. In attendance was,   His Excellency, Kitack Lim, IMO Secretary General; The Deputy Minister of Transport,    Hon. Titus Glover; The Head of African Section of IMO Technical Cooperation Division,    Mr. William Azu; IMO Representative for West and Central Africa, Capt. Dallas Laryea; Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. K. Alonsi; Paramount Chief, Members of the Diplomatic Corps; friends from the media; RMU Staff and Students among many others.

A picture of Professor Elvis Nyarko; Vice Chancellor, RMU (1st right), Mr. Kitack Lim; 

IMO Secretary General (centre) and Honorable Titus Glover (1st left), Deputy Minister of Transport with other dignitaries. 

The visit to RMU by the Secretary General was his first to Africa and, historically, the first time a serving IMO Secretary General was visiting Ghana and the University. Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Elvis Nyarko, applauded the IMO for the endorsement given to the regionalization through the signing of Document of Agreement with the Government of Ghana, for which RMU enjoys diplomatic status, privileges and immunities.

The Vice Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University addressing the audience.

He added that, the Regional Maritime University and the World Maritime University have commenced the process leading to the signing of MOUs / MOAs following the Council of Assembly’s decision directing the WMU to develop new partnerships with former WMU branches. Towards this end, it is expected that an Assessment Team would visit RMU in the month of May 2019, for the evaluation exercise. 

Mr. Kitack Lim on the day of the occasion expressed his admiration to the kind reception received from RMU. According to the Secretary General, the Blue Economy is a major Maritime Power for development. He advised students of the University to take seriously, what they are been trained to achieve in future. He applauded the Transport Ministry of Ghana and the Ghana Maritime Authority for their commitment to support the Maritime Industry in the Country.  The IMO he said is poised towards making maritime development a global standard, thus, the organization is key to addressing issues of human elements, good working conditions for sea-farers as well as successive maritime management.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary General, Mr. Kitack Lim.

In a speech delivered on behalf of the Transport Ministry, Hon. Titus Glover, Deputy Minister of Transport, reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to collaborate with the IMO for the sustainability of the Transport system of the country. He enlightened on the Online Certification initiative of the Ghana Maritime Authority to reduce delays associated with verification procedures and assured that, the Ministry will continue to be in a sustained relationship with RMU (the only University directly operating under the Ministry of Transport, Ghana), Seafarers Union, Ship and Ports Management Union to advance and promote decent working conditions.

Honorable Titus Glover, Deputy Minister for Transport, delivering a speech. 

The ceremony climaxed with a tour of the State of the Arts Training facilities of the University, including:

  • • Welding Training Centre
  • • Well control simulation room
  • • Drill fluid control room
  • • Crane simulator and others.

Tour of the state-of-the-arts Welding Training Centre.

Visit of the Well Control Simulation Room (drilling for Oil and Gas)

Tour of Drill Fluid Control Room (Oil and Gas) by the IMO Secretary General and the Vice Chancellor with other dignitaries.

IMO Secretary General operating the Crane Simulator

Demonstration of Helicopter under Water Escape Training (HUET) an Oil and Gas Safety Program to the IMO Secretary General and other dignitaries.

The Vice Chancellor presenting a souvenir of a canoe (with five (5) crew holding member states flags) to the IMO Secretary General, symbolically, representing RMU’s mandate (maritime education and training) and its five Member-States who constitute The Board of Governors. 

Inspection of Parade by the Secretary General.


Group picture of IMO Secretary General and other dignitaries with the cadet (sea-going) students. 

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Information Date: 5th April, 2019  

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