Port assessments in Togo and Cote d’Ivoire
Thanks to the relaxation of the COVID19 travel restrictions. WeCAPS has continued its port assessments between October and December 2021, of course always respecting the local health policies. The WeCAPS team has been continuing carrying out the series of port assessments that started in September, visiting Cote d’Ivoire and Togo.
Cote d’Ivoire was the first country visited. On 5-8 October, WeCAPS visited the port of Abidjan, assessing the security and safety situation of the infrastructure, with the support of MEMNON, a company engaged in the analysis of the safety side of the port. WeCAPS returned to Cote d’Ivoire to carry out the assessment of the safety situation of the port of San Petro, as well as a port security audit of the water bound area.
Following the first mission to Cote d’Ivoire, the WeCAPS team moved do to Lome port to prepare the needs assessment, docused on the presence of hazardous material risk management. After this first visit on 6-9 October, the MEMNON company went back to Lome port on 26-30 October to carry out the safety need assessment.
Capacity building and technical support to the Port of Dakar After the delivery of the Port of Dakar needs assessment report to Dakar port authorities on 15 December, the WeCAPS team started its capacity activities in Senegal. Between 15 and 17 December, 42 officers were trained in risk management, at the same time raising awareness of emergency internal organization and workflow (alert chain / engagement of resources / feedback to the authorities). Moreover, in collaboration with two external companies, WeCAPS carried out two studies, focused on the management of ammonia and hazardous material at large, which are going to be crucial knowledge instruments to continue with the training programme.
Appointment of a new governance expert through WeCAPS’s partner Enabel The WeCAPS team has a new governance expert. Joris Leunckens has a maritime-port management profile and international professional experience. As a consultant for Port of Antwerp International, he implemented several port governance projects in Africa. Thanks to his nautical background, experience working for shipping companies and his current position at the Port of Antwerp, Joris has brought a broad vision and knowledge of the different themes related to port governance.