Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) has taken the first step towards Ghana’s e-navigation implementation plan. Ghana is therefore set to become one of the first maritime nations to implement e-navigation.
E-navigation is the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means.
This is to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment.
Ghana’s initiative towards the e-navigation solution was developed by Denmark as part of the strategic maritime sector cooperation between the two countries.
It is noted that Ghana is the fourth maritime country to introduce these advanced capabilities (after Denmark, France and Canada), thereby leapfrogging into the forefront in the use of technology in the maritime domain.
He added that “the large vessels will now get a graphical overview of navigational warnings instantly, rather than decoding endless lines of positions and plotting them on charts. For the small vessels, all it will take is one person in the community owning a smartphone to get updates of hazards to their navigation in real time”.