IMO experts on maritime security and the Djibouti Code of Conduct are participating in a regional training programme on Combating New and Emerging Threats to Maritime Security (14-24 February) at the Jeddah Academy for Maritime Science and Security Studies in Saudi Arabia. The programme aims to help participants prepare for a range of threats to the port and shipping sectors. These include terrorist attacks using subsea, surface, airborne and cyber methods; piracy and other criminal activities, including trafficking of drugs, weapons, people and wildlife.  

The course, which targets senior maritime security officials and law enforcement agencies from signatory States to the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct (2017), is highlighting the benefits of robust legal frameworks, inter-agency cooperation, development of procedures and contingency planning. 

Representatives from IMO's Maritime Security section will deliver talks touching on the role of IMO in addressing maritime security challenges, National Organisation for Maritime Security, Whole-of-Government Approach to maritime security, and legal frameworks. Participants will also learn about the International Organization of Airport and Seaport Police (INTERPORTPOLICE)'s Community Security Best Practice programme and tools including Project Griffin International (PGI), Port Security Management Systems (PSeMS) and the AtlasOne Smart Application. 

Other speakers include representatives from the UN International Office on Migration (IOM) and the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL). The course is sponsored by the IMO Member State of Saudi Arabia.