CIMA was founded as a non-partisan institution, to advance policy thinking on pressing Maritime issues linked to the blue economic challenges.

CIMA seeks to narrow its research focus on the streams of Maritime Economy, Maritime Security/Safety and the Maritime Ecology/Environment Protection.

71% of the planet is covered by water. In this vain, the Maritime business community plays a critical role in ensuring growth and international trade/business. CIMA provides the industry with a platform for policy makers and other stakeholders to engage with players from the Maritime business community.

We exist to proffer solutions for a multi-sectoral industry effort in addressing critical Maritime sustainable development challenges. The private sector is the primary user of the increasingly crowded space, which is 71% of the earth’s surface. Shipping, sea bed mining, ports and offshore oil and gas are reliant on professionals such as lawyers, insurers, shipbuilders, marine technologists who provide services that keep the sector running. This critical sector generates trillions of dollars per year, by providing goods and services upon which society depends, including transport, offshore energy resources, telecommunications and international business.

CIMA seeks to complement the International Maritime Organization (IMO) that convenes governments on shipping with industry involvement, including maritime safety and environmental issues. It is a structure developed for the private sector to focus on cross cutting policies in support of sustainable blue growth. It is a think tank and a catalyst for business opportunities in the industry, promoting and facilitating, networking, dialogue and synergies among its stakeholders.

The Centre’s agenda is to use its work to impact the industry by addressing Maritime/Aviation issues of international interest through extensive co- operation.  The Centre engages international and regional researchers, businesses, NGO’s, governments and academic institutions in maximizing the gains of international trade.

Vision, Mission and Values


CIMA seeks to provide a platform for stakeholder networking, create awareness through ground breaking quality research and advocacy work. CIMA fellows will embrace intellectual curiosity, freedom of thought and expression, producing fresh insight into policy ideas.


To be a leading research and policy hub on international maritime affairs.


To act honestly, boldly and be fair in word and deed.

CIMA will conduct all activities with transparency, be accountable and prudent with funds.

Forward Looking:
To achieve excellence, we will harness best practices and innovation to achieve results. We aim to be known as scholarly, intelligent and wise in our work.

Aims / Objectives

Our aims include but not limited to the following:

  1. Lead policy reforms, conduct research relevant to the thematic areas jointly approved by the Centre and stakeholders in the sector.

  2. The promotion of co-operation with other research Centre’s and the organization of conferences.

  3. The establishment and co-operation with universities and institutions of marine and Maritime Research, Innovation and Technology centers of Excellence.

  4. Providing visibility to the Maritime sector within the region.

  5. Engage in activities to promote the protection of Marine Environment and addressing the challenges related to climate change.

  6. Enhancement of the Maritime axillary and support services including the ship and yacht repair facilities as an essential ingredient of the overall port and marine infrastructure.

  7. Promotion of co-operation in emergency preparedness and exercises among the relevant services. i.e. The Navy, Port Security, Marine Police etc.

Board of Directors

Mr. Albert Derrick Fiatui

Executive Director

ALBERT DERICK FIATUI, takes vision and makes it a reality through sound strategy development. He intuitively sees the threads of opportunity that wind through an industry, brings them together into a coherent whole.

Albert earns a seat at the table wherever he serves.
Currently, a Director in charge of Business Development and HR, Logical Maritime Services Limited, a privately held global logistics company.
He led the business development and strategy for the company into a world-class organization.

Albert began his career in the Maritime Industry as national service personnel with the Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority, at its headquarters, Tema Port.
Previously, a manager, Marigold Oil International and a media practitioner.

He holds an LLB (Law) from the Mouncrest University College, Postgraduate certificate in Health Safety & Environment from the MDPI, Certificate of PROFICIENCY in CUSTOMS PROCEDURES & PORT Operations, Certificate/ Training in basic MILITARY skills and Intelligence
BA Arts, Development Studies, UDS
He is also a master of Laws student LLM (Maritime Law)

With extensive Research, Policy and Advocacy backgrounds’, Albert serves on boards both within and without the Maritime Industry.

Mr Danny Laud


DANNY LAUD is a seasoned Maritime professional with regulatory experience who has served in various capacities in the industry for nearly two decades.
A result-driven change agent with passion, including strategic business administration and initiatives.

Danny is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Logical Maritime Services Limited, a privately held global logistics Company.

He provides competent leadership and strategic development plans to advance the organization's vision and mission.
LMS is a force to reckon with as far as the Maritime industry and Port business is concerned today.

Danny has worked extensively as a business executive with reputable Logistics Companies, where he has acquired the required skills for his current role.
He brings to the board extensive expertise and profound knowledge of the sector.

Danny is a chattered Logistician from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK, a Postgraduate Certificate in Transport and Logistics from the MDPI, a Certificate of PROFICIENCY in CUSTOMS PROCEDURES and PORT Operations
An undergraduate degree, BSc, Procurement and Supply chain Management and a certificate in Project Management.
Danny is an MBA student, Logistics and Supply chain Management

Management & Staff

Jacob Seddoh

Media Director

Mr Jacob Seddoh is the Head of Media at CIMA Ghana. Mr Seddoh brings a wealth of leadership experience from business, government, and academia.

Mr Anthony Cobby Bedzo

Public Relations Officer

Mr Anthony Bedzoi is the PRO of CIMA Ghana. Mr Bedzo brings a wealth of leadership experience from business, government, and academia.