President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called on Ghanaians to cease the over-exploitation of Ghana’s marine resources in order to preserve the country’s marine stock.
According to him, nearly all of Ghana’s marine fisheries and inland fisheries have been over fished. This, he says is a disturbing development that ought to be stopped.
The president was speaking at a ceremony held at the Tema Harbour Thursday morning to welcome a Marine Research Vessel – R/V Fridtjof Nansen – which is making a port of call at Tema, as part of its pelagic survey off the Atlantic coast of Africa.
The new marine research vessel RV Dr Fridtjof Nansen is owned by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD).
The vessel was built as part of the United Nations’ (UN) Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) project and is jointly operated by the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) and the University of Bergen (UIB) to help developing countries improve their fisheries management.
In March 2013, Norwegian ship designer Skipsteknisk was awarded the contract to design the vessel under the designation ST-369. The construction contract was awarded to Spanish shipyard Astilleros Gondan in March 2014.
The new fishery and oceanographic research vessel was delivered in January 2017 and launched in May 2017.
It replaces an old vessel of the same name, which has been navigating the African coast since 1993, carrying out in-depth research in the marine ecosystems for the EAF-Nansen Project.
Dr. Fridtjof Nansen is equipped for operations in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Her primary duties include ecosystem studies, emphasizing fishery research operations.
Dr Fridtjof Nansen was built according to ICES standards, which limits underwater radiated noise from research vessels. IMR and Skipsteknisk worked together on the specifications and drawings of the vessel.
The overall length of the vessel is 74.5m, molded breadth is 17.40m and length between perpendiculars is 66.10m.
The vessel has been assigned the class notation DNV + 1A1, E0, ICE-C, SPS, DYNPOS-AUT, NAUT-AW, COMF-C(2)V(2), BWM-T, TMON and Recycable by Det Norske Veritas.
Laboratories and scientific equipment
Dr. Fridtjof Nansen features specialised laboratories, including a wet lab, also known as the fish lab, a plankton sampling lab, also called Benthos/Plankton lab, a dry lab for oceanographic studies, a foto lab, and climate and seawater labs.
To conduct marine research, the vessel is equipped with a spacious operation centre with offices and a library, a CTD lab with a 27m² CTD hangar and a 53m² main scientific hangar.