Assisting Yemen establish effective maritime security
Two IMO activities to support Yemen in developing effective maritime security have taken place in Aden as part of the Regional Programme for Maritime Security in the Red Sea Area.
To assist Yemen’s authorities in performing their security responsibilities in accordance with the SOLAS Convention, the ISPS Code, and related guidance, a national workshop on the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code for Port Personnel with Security Duties was held 4-7 September.
The aim of the workshop, based on IMO Model Course 3.24, was to build knowledge and skills amongst the 34 participants from the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs Authority, Yemeni Coast Guard, Yemen Gulf of Aden Sea Ports Corporation, Dhabba Oil Terminal, Yemen Red Sea Ports Corporation, and Yemen Arabian Sea Ports Corporation.
The event was hosted by the Maritime Affairs Authority, Yemen.
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Following the workshop, IMO assisted the Yemeni authorities in conducting a Port Facility Security Assessment (PFSA) of facilities within the port of Aden (9-13 September).
Surveys conducted will enable port authorities to assess port facilities’ compliance with ISPS Code requirements and to identify gaps in physical security, structural integrity, personnel protection systems, procedural policies, telecommunications systems, relevant infrastructure, utilities and other areas which might pose a risk to people, property or operations within the port facility.
The Red Sea Project is funded by the European Union and jointly delivered by IMO, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). The aim is to assist participating countries to enhance maritime security and safety in the Red Sea Area, in line with the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy.