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Umoren replaces Usoro as Abuja MoU secretary-general

Umoren replaces Usoro as Abuja MoU secretary-general

Captain Sunday Umoren

Captain Sunday Umoren has been appointed as the Acting Secretary-General of the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control.

According to a statement on the website of the Abuja MoU, Umoren, who is the first Master Mariner to head the body, took over the position on January 4 from Mrs Mfon Usoro whose tenure ended recently.

His appointment was approved by Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation and Vice Chairman of the Port State Control for West and Central Africa, Rotimi Amaechi.

The Director-General, of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, Dr Bashiru Jamoh, further gave his assent for the nomination.

Until his recent appointment, Umoren was the Director, Maritime Safety and Seafarers Standards and Certification Department of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency.

Umoren is a highly accomplished professional with deep knowledge and experience in various aspects of shipping including shipboard experience, marine operations and regulation, the statement said.

The statement said Umoren’s career spanned across many cultures and international exposures, from Asia where he worked and took command of foreign-going ships in Singapore to Europe where he worked as Fleet Superintendent for the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas in London.

The Abuja MoU on Port State Control was signed at a Ministerial Conference held in Abuja, Nigeria by 16 West and Central African States on 22nd of October 1999. The meeting was organised by the International Maritime Organisation and hosted by Nigeria.

The Abuja MoU is the legal document under which countries of the region agreed to develop and implement a common mechanism for their respective port state control activities.

The main work of the MoU is the harmonisation of the port state control procedure and practices of all the countries in the region aimed at eliminating the operation of substandard shipping within the region thereby ensuring maritime safety, security, protection of the marine environment from pollution.

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