Making the disclosure on Friday, September 16, 2022 at the Brown Memorial AME Zion Church in Monrovia, the President of the AMEU, Dr. Benjamin Lartey, said the program is intended to prepare students to face challenges of the maritime industry through a combination of academic courses and practical approach to instruction through the field of maritime affairs.
He said the Liberia maritime sector is one of the major sources of revenue and employment for Liberians and as such, education in Maritime studies must be viable in order to meet the challenges faced in the shipping industry.
Courses to be offered in the program include: Introduction to International Law, Maritime Conventions and International Institutions, Maritime Economics, Strategic Management in Shipping, Fundamental of Maritime Administration, Introduction to the Law of the Sea, Maritime Commercial Law, Marine Environmental Protection, Maritime Safety, Leadership and Human Resource Management, Maritime Labor Law and Capacity Building for Sustainable Development among others.
Also speaking, the CEO of the Christopolis Maritime Solution Liberia Limited, Mohammed Calico Lavalie, explained the two basic components of maritime, namely; technical and administrative.
According to him, Liberia is limited in the provision of skilled, knowledge and experience workforce to function in both component of the sectors.
Mr. Lavalie, who spoke on the topic: “Maritime Studies, The Beacon of Hope for a Liberian driven Maritime Cluster,” alarmed that if Liberia’s maritime sector must be the true reflection of its maritime history, its prospects and quality must be to educate and effectively run the maritime through world class delivery.
"Now the question is, which institution in Liberia that is vast with competent Liberian maritime professionals capable of providing the needed education to provide the administrative functions to all maritime stakeholders with the Liberia maritime cluster? The need to transition from a nation with the leading Maritime program to a leading Maritime Nation cannot be over emphasized," said Mr. Lavalie.
He lamented that as a nation pursuing the drive towards being a leading Maritime sector, the ability to sustain the growth and transition from the success of the maritime program to a leading maritime nation in fostering an integrated maritime cluster in the years ahead depends on the choice of having a world class maritime for both technical and administrative disciplines.
"Today we see a beacon of hope for our maritime cluster as we chart a new course you will agree with me that the maritime and shipping industry is the way to sustainable national development," he stated.