GMA Organisational Brief

The Ghana Maritime Authority (GMA) was established under Act 630 of 2002 and charged with the responsibility of monitoring, regulating and coordinating activities in the maritime industry. The GMA is headed by a Director-General with thirteen (13) member Governing Board made up mainly institutional representative from the key maritime agencies.


The vision of the Ghana Maritime Authority is to become a premier maritime administrator in West and Central Africa, promoting national and international maritime development.


The Mission of the Authority is to create a harmonious and enabling environment within the maritime industry which will ensure the provision of safe, secure and efficient shipping operations in the seas and inland waters of the country. Our mission is also to protect the marine environment from vessel and other sources of pollution. It is also to oversee the training, engagement and welfare of Ghanaian Seafarers.

GMA Functions

  • Implement the provisions of the Ghana Shipping Act, 2003, (Act 645);
  • Ensure Safety of navigation;
  • Fulfill flag state and port state responsibilities in an effective and efficient manner, having due regard to international maritime conventions, instruments and codes;
  • Deal with matters pertaining to maritime search and rescue and coordinate the activities of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and other bodies during search and rescue operations;
  • Regulate activities on shipping in the inland waterways including the safety of navigation in inland waterways;
  • Cause to be investigated maritime casualties and take appropriate action;
  • Oversee matters pertaining to the training, recruitment and welfare of Ghanaian seafarers;
  • Plan, monitor and evaluate training programmes of seafarers to ensure conformity with standards laid down by international maritime conventions;
  • Ensure in collaboration with such other public agencies and institutions as the Board may determine the prevention of marine source pollution, protection of the marine environment and response to marine environment incidents;
  • Pursue the ratification or accession and implementation of international maritime conventions, in conjunction with the appropriate Ministry;
  • Assess the manpower needs of the maritime sector for national planning purposes;
  • Liaise effectively with government agencies and institutions that deal with maritime transport and related transport matters for the purpose of achieving harmony in the maritime industry;
  • Initiate research into national maritime transport development for effective planning and coordination;
  • Ensure an efficient, cost effective and orderly provision of services in the shipping industry in line with government policies;
  • Initiate action for the promotion, establishment and development of private shipping lines;
  • Advise on policies for the development and maintenance of maritime infrastructure such as ports and harbours in the country;
  • Advise the government on maritime matters generally;
  • Regulate the activities of shipping agents, freight forwarders and similar shipping service providers.


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