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15.12.2014

Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa 2015

Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa 2015 is being held from 17th to 19th March in Accra, Ghana.

This summit addresses key maritime security challenges faced by regional navies and police forces currently looking for innovative coastal and maritime surveillance and security solutions.

The Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa Summit will take place directly preceding the Gulf of Guinea multi-national naval exercise, Obangame Express, which is hosted by the Ghana Navy.

Various navies in Africa are currently looking at procuring Corvette class OPVs plus several fast interdictions and patrol craft. Agencies are also evaluating purchase options of expansive coastal surveillance systems, integrated with maritime surveillance assets and their existing vessel traffic management information systems.

Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa is an official event of the Ghana Navy with full governmental support. The level of endorsement and participation from the Ghanaian authorities is such that this crucial and unique conference will include delegates from the highest echelons of government, the tri-services, police and maritime authorities.

The scale and participation of this event is unprecedented for the maritime community. Furthermore, oil and gas company executives are taking a multi-lateral approach to increasing maritime security through the purchasing of vessels and contracting of private security measures will also feature heavily.

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Coastal and Maritime Surveillance Africa Summit speakers include:

  • Rear Admiral Geoffrey Mawuli Biekro, Chief of Naval Staff, Ghana Navy
  • Major General Richard Opoku-Adusei, Chief of Army Staff, Ghana Army
  • Richard Anamoo, Director General, Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority
  • Vice Admiral Hervé Nambo Ndouany, Special Chief of Defence Staff to the President of Gabon
  • Rear Admiral Emmanuel Akoto-Bonsu, The Commandant of the Military Academy and Training Schools, Ghana Armed Forces
  • Brigadier General Abalo Kadghanga, Chief of Defence Staff, Togolese Armed Forces 
  • Commodore Gregore Augusto Gomez, Chief of Materiel, Colombian Navy
  • Alain Michel Luvambano, Director General, MOWCA – AMSSA
  • Moussa Rohbley, Commissioner General, Djibouti Customs
  • Yankuba Sonko, Inspector General, Gambia Police Force
  • Lieutenant Colonel Victor A. Ellis, GA ANG, Director of Operations, Plans & Readiness, Georgia AFB USAF
  • Rear Admiral Jürgen Ehle, Chairman, European Union Military Committee Working Group
  • Commodore Steve Kweku Darbo, Flag Officer Commanding, Eastern Naval Command, Ghana Navy
  • Commander Loïc N. Moudouma, Maritime Strategy Expert, Gabon Ministry of Defence

Attendees can also participate in Critical Infrastructure Protection for Oil and Gas Focus Day on 19 March and hear from speakers including:

  • Delali Otchi, CEO, Hydra Offshore Ghana
  • Eric Kwame-Tetty, Research and Investigations Advisor, Tullow Oil
  • Ali Maji Odoma, Security Supervisor, NLNG Plant Complex Bonny, Nigeria
  • Chukwuka Igbokwe, HES Engineer, Chevron Nigeria Ltd.
  • Edldlong Efiong, Instrument & Process Control System Specialist, ExxonMobil, Nigeria
  • Alade Yusuf Olarewaju, HSE Lead Engineer, Eni-Saipem S.P.A., Nigeria

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