Participants coming from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua attended the training on how to combine national criteria on maritime safety and security and on how to further prevent pollution.

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The course hosted by El Salvador, was carried through IMO’s Regional partner The Central American Commission of Maritime Transport (COCATRAM) and was organized together with Prefectura Naval Argentina (PNA).

Notably, SOLAS, IMO’s most important ship safety treaty, generally only relates to ships which make international voyages and are above a particular size, yet IMO’s efforts to improve vessel safety and security further extend to “non-SOLAS” vessels, such as fishing ships, domestic ferries, private yachts and small cargo vessels under 500 gross tonnage.

Moreover, last year, a Regional Caribbean Ship Inspector Training course (CASIT) took place in Trinidad and Tobago, in order to keep a high level of safety in the Caribbean. The course in particular covered a range of theoretical topics, including international treaties compliance, port and flag State regimes, Recognized Organizations (ROs), conventions on maritime safety and pollution prevention and the regional safety codes.

In addition to this, the IMO has previously organized another workshop, together with the Maritime Safety Administration of the People’s Republic of China (China MSA), aiming to address the issue of maritime and port security for Asian countries, in Ningbo, China.