Liberia’s Maritime Commissioner Lenn Eugene
Nagbe has said that Liberia will not remain on the periphery of international maritime organizations “where matters of the industry are being decided”. Given Liberia’s crucial role as leading maritime nation, he said, there is a need for the country to have a seat at the table of the global players.
The Liberia Maritime boss was speaking on June 1, 2022 at the 75TH Session of the Council of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation And Lighthouse Authorties (IALA) in Copehangen, Denmark. There he emphasized that re-joining the IALA will enable Liberia contribute to the implementation of its port and coastal state obligations, as well as implement other international conventions.
It will lead to the “reduction of marine accidents, increased safety of life and property at sea, as well as the protection of the marine environment” the Commissioner said.
He told members of IALA governing council that Liberia will be a “reliable partner” once admitted and that the country intends to use the opportunity to train and build the capacity of Liberians in the areas of marine aids to navigation, as well as collaborate with other nations in the field, while providing specialize trainings in accordance with IALA standards.
The International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities, which was previously known as International Association is Lighthouse Authorities, was founded in 1957 to collected and provide nautical expertise and advice to member nations. Liberia’s membership was withdrwan in 1983 following the military coup in the country.
One of the major pursuits of the Liberia Maritime Authority’s Commissioner has been to ensure that the country regains its rightful position in the global industry.
At the meeting, he explained that the National Port Authority of Liberia and its agent, APM Terminals, are already concluding technical details to upgrade the navigational aid infrastructure in order to return it to 24-hour operation.
“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” Commissioner Nagbe said, noting that IALA support is a “critical catalyst in this venture”.
IALA Council is expected to make a decision by June 3rd, 2022 in Liberia’s re-admittance before the close of the convention in Copenhagen.