SLMA Executive Director

By Robert Kondema Kargbo



President Julius Maada Bio did not make any mistake when he reinstated the Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Maritime Administration (SLMA), Mr Paul Sobba Massaquoi, after it became clear that allegations against him were all the machinations of witch hunters.

As soon as he was reinstated, Paul Sobba Massaquoi started the rebranding of the SLMA which saw him officially flying to London, United Kingdom, where he presented the Sierra Leone STCW Statutory Instrument at the International Maritime Organisation General Assembly. This was his first project since his appointment in 2021.

Back home, he is now continuing the rebranding process by creating an atmosphere of open communication whereby his Administration will be having unhindered interaction with journalists, both from the print and electronic media, at any time they need any information concerning the SLMA.

It could be recalled that for years, the SLMA has grappled with allegations ranging from abuse of office to corruption, casting a shadow over its operations and importance to contributing to the national Revenue Consolidated Fund. Transparency and accountability were issues that were also overshadowing the SLMA to the extent that the media were most of the time publishing negative stories about the Administration because they were often denied access to credible information which normally leaves them to speculations and misinformation.

However, in a groundbreaking shift, Mr SobbaMassaquoi has taken the helm in fostering a more transparent relationship with the media. This proactive approach aims to provide accurate information and regular updates on the Administration’s ongoing activities.

One key initiative driving this newfound transparency is the domestication of the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). Under Mr Massaquoi’s leadership, Sierra Leone is set to organize its own training programmes, marking a pivotal moment for the nation’s maritime sector. This move not only reflects a commitment to adhering to international standards but also holds the promise of advancing Sierra Leone’s blue economy in unprecedented ways.

As Paul SobbaMassaquoi spearheads this positive shift, the SLMA is poised to transform its narrative, fostering trust and credibility. By embracing open communication, the Administration aims to build a foundation for a maritime sector that not only meets global standards but also actively contributes to the nation’s economic growth.

The Maritime Administration was established by an Act of Parliament in 2000, being an act to establish an autonomous body for the Registration of ships and other vessels, the licensing and safety of maritime personnel and for the Regulation and development generally of maritime, coastal and inland water transport and for other matters connected therewith.

It is also guided by other regulations such as the Carriage of Deck Passengers Act, 1961, the Registration of shipping Act 1965, and the Merchant shipping Act 2003. The Administration is also steered by International Maritime conventions, codes and other relevant Instruments. The Administration is guided by a Advisory Board, and headed by an Executive Director who is appointed by the President and Head of State.


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