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EU Supports African Maritime Industry Development

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

25 March 2014


The European Union is to provide funding worth EUR1.2m (USD1.66m) for a project between the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the African, Caribbean,, and Pacific Group of States (ACP) to support training and capacity-building activities to enhance flag state implementation and port state control in Western and Central Africa.

The project is aimed at upgrading the region's maritime administrations and preparing its states for the mandatory IMO audit scheme.

The IMO will be executing the two-year program, identifying the individual countries' needs in terms of enhancing their capacity to carry out their flag state responsibilities.

There will also be a focus on port state control, such as training for ship inspectors, in order to support the functioning of the Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU), which is an inter-governmental organization comprising the maritime administrations of countries abutting the Atlantic coast of Africa.

It is anticipated that the project will lead to the maritime administrations being audited in accordance with the IMO Audit Scheme, which is expected to become mandatory in 2016 following the adoption and entry into force of amendments to the relevant IMO instruments. The focus of the capacity-building activities will be on compliance with the IMO Instruments Implementation Code (III Code), which provides the global standard to enable states to meet their obligations as flag, port, and coastal States.

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