About forty delegates from twenty-three countries arrived in the Ivory Cast capital of Abidjan on Monday (17 September) to take part in a week-long maritime conference.
About forty delegates from twenty-three countries arrived in the Ivory Cast capital of Abidjan on Monday (17 September) to take part in a week-long maritime conference. The seminar was organized by the United Nations Inter-governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (IMCO), and by the Norwegian government.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting was held in Abidjan, the most important seaport in French speaking West Africa. Shiploads of crops like bananas, cocoa, and timber leave the port daily.
The seminar programmed included fourteen committees on various aspects of maritime safety and they were shown relevant films. Their objectives are to help African countries improve their safety procedures and put into practice the conventions laid down by International Conferences in recent years.
These conventions cover the promotion of safety at sea, the training of seaman, and making international sea traffic run more smoothly.
Delegates chosen for the conference represented all aspects of marine activity, from Maritime administration to poet Captains and ship inspectors. The sponsoring U.N. group IMCO has been battling to persuade the expanding mercantile fleets of the world to safeguard the sea, which is their life blood... and to street that no country with a coastline and a port is immune from accidents at sea and pollution.
Norwegian Ambassador Mr Monrad Helle, representing his government's co-sponsorship of the conference, gave a speech of welcome to the participants. His speech was followed by an address given by the Ivory Coast's Minister of Marine, Mr. Lamine Fadika.
He warned the delegates that they faced an arduous task in determining how best to use the sea without putting other users in peril.