Regional Maritime University signs MoU with Lamar Marine
The Regional Maritime University (RMU) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Lamar Marine, in boat building, firefighting and oil rigs, in Accra.
Lamar Marine is a Dubai-based company specialised in boat building and firefighting.
The partnership heralds a new era of innovation and environmental stewardship in Ghana's maritime sector.
The acting Vice-Chancellor of the RMU, Dr Jethro W. Brooks, and the Managing Director of Lamar Marine, Mohammed Sahel, signed the MoU.
According to the MoU, RMU has agreed to provide land for the construction of Lamar Marine's facilities.
The boats, constructed from lightweight and durable fibre 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.
Speaking after the signing, Dr Brooks lauded the initiative and pledged the university's full support.
He emphasised the significance of the partnership in providing students with practical exposure to deepen their knowledge and understanding of marine engineering.
The Managing Director of Lamar Marine, Mr Sahel, announced the company's intention to construct a warehouse and a workshop for assembling boats from scratch.
He said the company was committed to clearing debris from the lagoon, extending from the entry point to the university, as part of its social responsibility.
“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,” Mr Sahel emphasised, touting Lamar Marine's environmentally friendly and non-toxic operational practices.
The Registrar of the university, Dr Baboucarr Njie, welcomed the partnership, highlighting the mutual benefits it offered to both RMU and Lamar Marine.
A member of the Board of Directors at Lamar Marine Services Limited, Prashant Kamath, emphasised the advantages of incorporating speedboats into Ghana's transportation system.
He stressed that this mode of transport could reduce costs and travel time, and contribute to saving lives, especially in areas with limited road access.
Mr 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.