Russia supports IMO maritime security trust fund


IMO's International Maritime Security Trust Fund has received a significant boost in the form of a financial contribution of US$120,000 from the Government of the Russian Federation.

The International Maritime Security Trust Fund was established in June 2003 to enable IMO to respond to requests for technical assistance on maritime security issues.

Other contributors to the fund have included the Governments of Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Republic of Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and a training institute (the USA-based Northeast Maritime Institute). All contributions greatly assist the delivery of activities under IMO's Global Technical Co-operation Programme on Maritime Security.

The Programme has included many activities aimed at enhancing maritime security and in particular the implementation of the maritime security measures adopted by IMO - including SOLAS1 chapter XI-2 (Special measures to enhance maritime security) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which were adopted in 2002 and entered into force in July 2004.

By the end of 2005, 22 regional seminars/workshops and 87 national training courses/advisory missions will have been organized, resulting in some 4,000 people being trained globally. In addition, a total of 17 sub-regional maritime security "Train-the-Trainer" courses will have been successfully delivered.

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1 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)

Briefing 43, 21 October 2005

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