Strengthening port security is the focus of a five-day workshop (9-13 May) in Antananarivo, Madagascar. IMO officials are assisting the maritime administration to develop the legal framework to give full and complete effect to the IMO instruments dealing with maritime security, including the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code).
The workshop is focusing on the legislative aspect of maritime security. Participants are also discussing improving the collaboration of the various bodies involved in maritime security and strengthening the know-how of the Port Facility Security Officers (PFSO) – who develop security plans and procedures for the port facilities. The workshop is the first of a series of activities in Madagascar under a port security project, sponsored by the European Union.
It is anticipated that future workshops will involve further collaboration between the implementing partners, IMO, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Port Maritime and Waterways Agency of Madagascar is hosting the workshop for 27 participants from various agencies including customs, fisheries surveillance, police, navy, and representatives of the ports of Toamasina and Ehoala.