Regional Maritime University and Abuja MOU sign landmark agreement to enhance maritime safety and training in west and central Africa

Accra, Ghana – The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has taken a significant step towards strengthening maritime safety and security in the West and Central African region by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Abuja MoU on Port State Control. This strategic partnership aims to establish a cooperative framework for developing and delivering specialized training programs for Port State Control officers, thereby enhancing maritime safety, security, and environmental protection in accordance with international standards.



Under the terms of the MoU, RMU will leverage its expertise and resources in maritime education to create and conduct training programs tailored for Port State Control officers. These programs will be developed in consultation with the Abuja MoU secretariat, which will facilitate the participation of member states’ officers.


The collaboration underscores the commitment of both parties to improve maritime safety and security by equipping Port State Control officers with the necessary skills and knowledge. The training programs will also receive endorsement from a classification society that is a member of the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), further ensuring their quality and relevance.

During the signing ceremony, Dr. Jethro Brooks, Acting Vice Chancellor of RMU, expressed his gratitude to the Abuja MoU delegation for their dedication to this crucial initiative. He highlighted the unique regional identity of RMU and the hardworking staff that have propelled the university to the forefront of maritime education. Dr. Brooks called upon the university’s management and staff to support this new partnership, which promises to benefit all member states involved.


Cpt. Sunday M. Umoren, Secretary General of the Abuja MoU Region, praised RMU’s readiness to advance this agreement and commended management’s role in ensuring its success. “I have witnessed the caliber of staff and seafarers RMU can produce, and I am honored to be part of a

project with such a high level of professionalism,” Cpt. Umoren opined. He expressed the hope that RMU’s influence would extend across the entire African continent.

Also present at the signing ceremony were, Mr. Prince Ogunta- head of quality Assurance and control Abuja MoU secretariat. Ms. Elonzino Eteghrara, head of administration / legal advicer Abuja MoU secretariat, Mrs. Cynthia Mettle-Nunoo, Director Research, statistics and Information management – Ministry of transport- Ghana, as well as the management and Head of Departments of the RMU.

This agreement marks a new chapter in regional maritime cooperation and is set to make a lasting impact on the safety and security of maritime operations in the West and Central African region.


Information by RMU Marketing Unit

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