Maritime Counter-Terrorism Training in Viet Nam
International Maritime Organization (IMO) is assisting the Government of Viet Nam to implement international counter-terrorism measures involving the maritime sector.
The training workshop is part of an on-going project with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, which assists States’ capability to implement and enforce maritime safety and security legislation to support countering terrorism, piracy and armed robbery against ships.
The exercise took place in Hai Phong, Viet Nam (9-10 January). The programme emphasises and demonstrates the need for cooperation among government departments and agencies. Participants are taking part in a range of evolving scenarios, to determine respective roles, responsibilities, processes and procedures, and how these may develop, both during an incident and during routine business.
The results will help determine possible gaps in policies and plans, and help IMO and other agencies to provide improved assistance in the future.
Relevant treaties include IMO’s maritime security instruments in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) Code; the Convention on the Suppression of unlawful acts against the safety of maritime navigation (SUA); and the security-related aspects of the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL).