Port Security and Safety of Navigation in Eastern and Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean

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PROJECT DURATION : 1 May 2020 - 30 April 2024

EUROPEAN UNION CONTRIBUTION: €16,000,000 *for results area 1 and 2 delivered by IMO and UNODC 

LOCATION: Angola, Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles and Tanzania

IMPLEMENTING PARTNERS: UNODC, INTERPOL and IMO under the coordination of the Indian Ocean Commission  



The overall objective of the project is to promote and strengthen port security and maritime safety management systems developed in ports within the East African, Southern African and Indian Ocean Region. The programme will therefore integrate and collaborate closely with the Indian Ocean Commission as the regional organization. 


OBJECTIVE: the programme targets three high-level result areas:

  • Result 1: Capacities of safety of navigation authorities are strengthened in the East African, Southern African and Indian Ocean Region;
  • Result 2: Port security legislation and the related compliance framework is developed and implemented;
  • Result 3: A regional information sharing mechanism and data exchange system on cargo and passengers is developed;

Achieving these results will provide greater safety and security for the region’s commercial vessels, their crew members and the maritime environment they transit through. Additionally, assisting in establishing closer compliance with international conventions and security standards at ports, along with strengthening each country’s capacity to enforce port legal and regulatory frameworks, will allow the region to fully benefit from global maritime trade, ultimately promoting economic growth and a more prosperous future for each participating country and its neighbours.

UNODC through its Global Maritime Crime Programme (GMCP) and Container Control Programme (CCP), and in close collaboration with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships, will support maritime, port, customs administrations and other stakeholders responsible for maritime and port security and safety measures in each target state to achieve the outcomes set in Results Areas 1 and 2; and work in close collaboration with INTERPOL and the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) in their interventions to achieve outcomes set in Results Area 3.

UNODC has acquired experience in working in close partnership with the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) through the implementation of the MASE programme to date, and with this close partnership both UNODC and IMO will ensure the overall trajectory of implementation and impact are well articulated to enable IOC to harmonise the overall strategic and operational direction of the programme.  



In collaboration with IMO, UNODC will be delivering the following activities to achieve the outcomes set in Results Areas 1 and 2:

  • Legislation review and capacity building of judicial stakeholders to ensure legal finish of port related crimes;
  • Develop the enforcement and prosecution component for a multi-agency approach to maritime and port security to ensure coordination, cooperation and response to maritime and port security incidents with a view to establishing a coordinated and standardized regional approach;
  • Develop and support port security water-based assessment covering all aspects of maritime security threats;
  • Develop and deliver training to enhance the capacity of port security management staff in risk analysis, SOPs, incident management, and assessment of emergency/evacuation plans;
  • Support to the establishment of new Port Control Units in Angola, Madagascar, and Mauritius and/or other eligible countries;




Periodical updates on key project events and news highlights are available on the UNODC Global Maritime Crime Programme website here and on  



Mr. Alan Cole

Head of the Global Maritime Crime Programme

UNODC Programme Office in Sri Lanka

Email: alan.cole@un.org


Ms. Toral Vadgama

Programme Coordinator

UNODC Regional Office for Eastern Africa

Email: toral.vadgama@un.org