EU-funded project to strengthen maritime security in Red Sea

Four patrol boats arrived in port at Djibouti City, Djibouti, in two shipments in late February 2020 as part of a train-and-equip partnership between the US Department of State and the Djiboutian military. (Photo: US Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Elisandro T. Diaz)

A new regional maritime security project that will focus on the Red Sea area and some of its surrounding countries was launched in Djibouti earlier this month.

The Regional Programme for Maritime Security in the Red Sea Area, which is funded by the European Union, will focus on supporting Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen across four key areas of maritime security:

  • Domestication of international maritime legislation
  • Implementation of maritime security measures
  • Development of a port security management system
  • Port State control compliance

The launch follows a six-month inception phase, during which the project team met remotely with the main stakeholders of each beneficiary country to agree on tailored workplans. Implementation is now underway, starting with legal gap analyses and assistance to maritime authorities in ratifying or strengthening the implementation of relevant regional agreements on Port State Control.

The other implementing partners on the project include the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), INTERPOL, and the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).

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