Marpol Workshop participants

Participants at the Workshop on MARPOL/Port Reception Facilities for Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority, 20th – 22nd July 2022, Tema, Ghana

Theme: Effective Implementation of MARPOL in Ghana’s Ports Improving Port Reception Facilities and Services for Ship-Generated Wastes.


Most African ports have in the last decade seen institutional restructuring and reform in a bid to not only modernise infrastructure but to also enhance productivity, efficiency and quality of service delivery. This has successfully attracted private sector involvement in the ports and significantly improved port operational performance. The reform progress however does not reflect conscious environmental and sustainability improvements in the ports. It has mostly focused on renovating and modifying port infrastructure to strengthen the individual economic positions of the ports. Integrating the restructuring with environmental roles and actions to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability remain limited, unsystematic and fragmented.

Harry Barnes

Dr. HARRY BARNES-DABBAN, Executive Coordinator

However, in the face of continual decline of the overall global environmental quality and increasing pressures on world resources, African ports as part of the global maritime community are faced with a reality they cannot ignore. They are obliged to take responsibility in applying and committing themselves to a green transition with innovations necessary to meet sustainable development obligations required of them.

African ports share common environmental and sustainability challenges, but the ports inherently operate as fragmented individual entities with little recourse to the linkages of these challenges among them.
Improving sustainability is a challenge to ports globally but it is also a driver for change. It can only be tackled through partnerships and collaboration, if its full benefits must be realised. The ports sector connects many actors in a chain. No port in the chain can be really effective if viewed in isolation. Actions impacting one port can have an impact throughout the entire chain.
African ports must therefore of necessity initiate proactive and innovative actions and mechanisms that integrate environmental sustainability considerations into the overall port planning, policy making, operations and management to promote their sustainable development. The drivers inducing the institutional restructuring and reform of African ports are equally imperative for nurturing and supporting the environmental sustainability of the ports. The ports must therefore collaboratively pay attention to understanding the dynamics of their institutional reform, appearance and participation of the private sector in port operations, global environmental and sustainability practices and obligations, and the common character of their environmental and sustainability challenges to co-develop solutions and actions for their sustainable development.


Technical Assistance Valenciaport Foundation and STC International, innovation, knowledge and training centers of the clusters of the Ports of Valencia and Rotterdam, with combined experience, knowledge and international experts are offering an innovative Technical Assistance that helps ports to optimally manage future crisis situations.

The Technical Assistance, directed by Rafael Company (Director of Security and Safety of the Valenciaport Foundation and Professor responsible for the Course on Resilient Ports in the face of Pandemics of UNCTAD) is divided into three phases of execution and has an approximate duration of 19 weeks, variable depending on the size and characteristics of the port.

For more information, please refer to or contact Daniel Breda, Project Manager, STC International at for further clarification.

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Egypt Forum

African Development Senior Managers Forum

Trends and current situation of multimodal transport development in Africa has been discussed at the African Senior Managers Forum organised by the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt and held between 19th – 23rd June, 2022. The Forum had the theme ‘Sustainable Multimodal Transport in Africa in the era of digitalisation and 4 th Industrial revolution’. Speaking on the topic ‘Multimodal Transport Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities’, I identified a two-fold concern and identified a new governance mechanism as a needed part solution to addressing the current situation. Download posting (pdf)