The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has inked a groundbreaking collaboration with Lamar Marine, a Dubai-based company specializing in boat building, firefighting, and oil rigs.
The partnership was officially announced during a meeting held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at the RMU campus, heralding a new era of innovation and environmental stewardship in Ghana’s maritime sector.
Mohamed Saleh AlShareef the Managing Director of Lamar Marine, revealed the company’s intention to construct a warehouse and a workshop for assembling boats from scratch. The boats, constructed from lightweight and durable fiber optics, will cater for the Ghanaian and West African markets, primarily for monitoring, security, and fishing purposes. These boats offer enhanced safety features and improved fuel economy.
In a gesture of corporate social responsibility, Mr. Sahel disclosed Lamar Marine’s commitment to clearing debris from the lagoon, extending from the entry point to the university. This initiative will involve the construction of two to three custom-made boats designed to remove plastics and other waste from the lagoon. The waste will be repurposed, transforming the area into a tourist attraction with water sports facilities. Saleh emphasized Lamar Marine’s environmentally friendly and non-toxic operational practices.
Dr. Baboucarr Njie, the University Registrar, warmly welcomed this partnership, highlighting the mutual benefits it offers to both RMU and Lamar Marine. RMU has agreed to provide land, for the construction of Lamar Marine’s facilities.
Prashant Kamath, a member of the Board of Directors at Lamar Marine Services Limited, emphasized the advantages of incorporating speedboats into Ghana’s transportation system. He stressed that this mode of transport could reduce costs, travel time, and contribute to saving lives, especially in areas with limited road access.
The signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Lamar Marine Services Limited and the Regional Maritime University took place at the Vice Chancellor’s lounge in Nungua, Accra. Prashant Kamath expressed optimism about the collaboration, highlighting its potential benefits for RMU students, as it would offer them valuable training opportunities in boat construction and fabrication.
To address safety and environmental concerns, Lamar Marine Services assured RMU of their strict adherence to the regulations and standards set by the Ghana Maritime Authority. They emphasized their commitment to conducting their activities in a manner that would not harm the water and fishing sector, drawing on their extensive experience as a boat company since 1973.
Dr. Jethro W. Brooks, the Acting Vice Chancellor of RMU, lauded the initiative and pledged the University’s full support. He emphasized the significance of the partnership in providing students with practical exposure to deepen their knowledge and understanding of marine engineering.
During the MOU signing event, Dr. Brooks Jr., accompanied by RMU’s management staff, toured the sea areas surrounding the University to familiarize themselves.
The partnership between Lamar Marine Services Limited and the Regional Maritime University holds great promise for advancing Ghana’s maritime capabilities while enriching the education and skills of future marine engineers and professionals.