The IMO announced the launch of a new website www.dcoc.org aimed at sharing information on the implementation of the Djibouti Code of Conduct. The platform is expected to play a significant part in enhancing regional cooperation in countering piracy and other illicit maritime activities.
he website has been developed to showcase achievements, ongoing work, planned activities, coordination of capacity-building efforts and to support resources mobilization.
The Djibouti Code of Conduct, adopted under the auspices of IMO, has been instrumental in containing the threat of piracy in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.
Its expansion into the Jeddah Amendment in 2017 introduced a comprehensive approach to dealing with broader threats to maritime security and the root causes, thereby improving regional maritime security, law enforcement and governance capabilities, as well as facilitating maritime sector development.
Piracy in the Gulf of Aden is seeing a continuous decline in the last few years. During the first three months of 2021, there was only one reported piracy incident around Somalia, according to IMB data. A bulk carrier reported a skiff with armed persons and a ladder approaching it while underway in the Gulf of Aden. The onboard armed security team fired warning shots resulting in the skiff moving away.
Despite the decline of piracy incidents around Somalia and neighbouring waters, the IMB PRC encourages vessels to implement BMP5 recommended practices while transiting these waters as Somali pirates continue to possess the capacity to carry out attacks.