IMO is assisting the Ethiopian Maritime Authority (EMA) to put in place a legal framework that gives full and complete effect to IMO instruments dealing with maritime security.
his is part of the programme of activities under the EU-funded “Regional Programme for Maritime Security in the Red Sea Area”. Under this programme, IMO aims 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.
IMO aims to sensitize national stakeholders on the content of IMO circular MSC.1/Circ.1525 – Guidance on the development of maritime security legislation – in order to develop national legislation giving full and complete effect to the relevant maritime security measures, as well as on the objectives of the Red Sea Programme.
Threat subsists in the Gulf of Aden
According to IMB, although no incidents were reported there since the start of the year, the threat of piracy still exists in the waters off the southern Red Sea and in the Gulf of Aden, which include the Yemeni and Somali coasts.
Although the opportunity for incidents has reduced, the Somali pirates continue to possess the capability and capacity to carry out incidents, and all merchant ships are advised to adhere to the recommendations in the latest Best Management Practices, while transiting in these waters.