A workshop taking place this week in Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania aims to develop the capacity of national authorities to carry out effective control and compliance measures on ships to enhance maritime security.

Running from 12 to 16 February, it is the latest in a series of IMO maritime security workshops on control and compliance, delivered under the EU-funded project on Port Security and Safety of Navigation in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Duly authorized Officers from both Tanzania mainland and Zanzibar are taking part in the workshop, including nine participants from the Zanzibar Maritime Authority (ZMA).

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The aim is to increase their capacity and knowledge about the application of control and compliance measures under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), specifically Chapter XI-2 on special measures to enhance maritime security (SOLAS XI-2).

The national workshop will also encourage knowledge sharing and exchange of best practices to promote proper understanding of what an effective and adequately staffed control and compliance regime entails.

Under the port security project, IMO aims to assist nine participating countries, including the United Republic of Tanzania, to enhance maritime security and safety within the region, in line with the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy.


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