Heads of Maritime Administrations in West
and Central Africa have discussed port State control and flag State
implementation during a three-day regional workshop in Lagos, Nigeria (9-11
The main objective of the workshop was to
provide a platform to create awareness on the duties and responsibilities of
the Heads of Maritime Administrations on port State control matters and to
exchange views and discuss experiences to enhance the harmonization of port
State control (PSC) activities and flag State implementation in the Abuja MoU
region. They also discussed information sharing capabilities.
The Abuja MoU is
one of ten regional Port State control regimes.
The high-level workshop was a
collaboration between IMO, the Secretariat of Abuja MoU, Nigerian Maritime
Administration and Safety Agency and the Federal Ministry of Transportation,
Nigeria. Participants were more than 100 officials from 20* of the 22 Member
States of Abuja MoU.
The Heads of Maritime Administrations
were urged to take immediate action in giving effect to Corrective Action Plans
following the IMO Member State Audit (IMSAS) of States in the region. To
support gender equality, they were encouraged to include women when nominating
personnel for IMSAS auditors following the applicable training.
Specific workshop outcomes included:
Familiarization on the need for an
effective port State control regime and the risks and dangers of not doing so; Enhanced
procedures for port State control inspections, requirements for port State
control officers (PSCOs) and understanding of the functioning and harmonization
work among regional PSC regimes; A progress report on the Abuja MoU on port
State activities and Near Coastal Voyage Code; Appreciation of IMO’s Integrated
Technical Co-operation Programme (ITCP) activities and how they relate to the
A draft assessment format for eventual
consideration by the Abuja MoU Committee was developed. Participants were
encouraged and guided on how to complete and submit an IMO flag State
performance self-assessment form.
Three member States (Democratic Republic
of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Mauritania) made commitments to submit
their letters of acceptance to attain full membership of Abuja MoU.
*The participating countries included
Angola, Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic
of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau,
Liberia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa and Togo