Piracy, armed robbery and border security scenarios are being played out in a table top exercise for officials in Conakry, Guinea (6-8 December).
The International Maritime Organization (IMO)-led event is the latest in a long series of exercises held in the West Africa region to promote security measures in IMO treaties, particularly the SOLAS chapter XI-2 and ISPS Code.
Further scenarios include threats to cruise ships, incidents potentially involving weapons of mass destruction, drugs, environmental threats such as oil spills
, and maritime safety inspections.
The exercise is also covering the region’s maritime security Code of Conduct, which was signed by governments, including Guinea
, in 2013, to enhance cooperation to counter piracy and armed robbery at sea and other illicit maritime activity.
IMO is thereby continuing its efforts to promote a multi-agency, whole of Government approach to maritime security and maritime law enforcement issues.
The event is hosted by the Direction Nationale de la Marine Marchande in Guinea. IMO is represented by a maritime security consultant.