WMU is one of the five partners of a consortium currently working on the EuropeAid Project: "Support to the Maritime Transport Sector in Africa", Development of port database interchange mechanism, marine environment protection and emergency response performance (MARENDA).
The two main project activities of this contract are:
a) the development of a regional port data base interchange mechanism, with the objective to improve quality, structure and exchange of information on vessels movement and position of ships, specification of ships, cargo and crew on board, with a strong focus on the West and Central Africa regions, and
b) the support to marine environment protection and emergency response performance with the objective to establish emergency response mechanisms against the environmental pollution by ships.
The activities include both technical assistance by assigned experts and training of officials. Technical assistance and Capacity building is provided by nominated experts to priority countries/ports in Western and Central Africa.
Dr. Michael Ekow MANUEL was until May 2013 the Dean of Faculty of Maritime Studies at the Regional Maritime University in Ghana. Previous to that, he was Head of Research and Consultancy at the same Institution. He is a Master Mariner and worked on ships for eleven years culminating in an appointment as Master (Ship Captain).
He holds degrees in Maritime Affairs (MSc.) and Maritime Administration (PhD) from the World Maritime University with ITF and Sheldon Kinney Fellowships respectively.
Michael Baldauf graduated with an M.Sc. in Transport Engineering and a diploma in business management both from the University of Rostock. He holds a Certificate of Competence (Deck Officer) and has served as a navigation officer on several cargo and container vessels. In 1992 he transitioned to the scientific field and completed work at various universities and research institutes. He obtained his Ph.D. (Dr.-Ing.) in Safety Science from Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany in 1999.