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