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Training Madagascar port facility security officers
By Sea and Coast | 11/03/2023

Strengthening port security in Madagascar is the focus of a training workshop currently underway in Antananarivo, Madagascar (6-10 March). 

The event brings together 24 participants, including Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs) from various ports in Madagascar as well as representatives of the Designated Authority (Agence Portuaire Maritime Fluviale (APMF)).

Participants are improving their knowledge and skills in developing and implementing port facility security plans (PFSPs) in order to perform their duties in accordance with the relevant provisions of relevant IMO regulations – SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code). The training will also provide a solid foundation on oversight roles and responsibilities of Designated Authorities.

The workshop is the latest in a series of activities under the European Union-funded project on Port Security and Safety of Navigation in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean, which involves nine beneficiary countries, including Madagascar. Under the project, IMO aims to assist participating countries to enhance maritime security and safety within the region in line with the 2050 Africa’s Integrated Maritime Strategy.

The opening ceremony was attended by representatives of the EU delegation and of UNODC as well as the General Director of the Malagasy Maritime Administration.