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United Republic of Tanzania Enhances Maritime Security Law Drafting Skills

Staff at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communication and Technology in the United Republic of Tanzania are being trained in transposing international IMO instruments dealing with maritime security into domestic legislation. One particular focus of a five-day workshop in Zanzibar (19-23 June) is on teaching participants to ensure that SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code, including control and compliance measures, are reflected when drafting the country’s maritime security laws.

The ISPS Code provides a standardized structure for a mandatory security regime for international shipping. It also provides a framework for the exchange and evaluation of information between Contracting Governments, companies, port facilities, and ships. 

The workshop programme includes a visit to the Port of Zanzibar to observe the physical security measures the port has in place. It follows a similar legal workshop held earlier this month in Dar es Salaam, ensuring that all relevant agencies are involved.

More than 27 people are taking part in the training representing several agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office; the Ministry of Blue Economy and Fisheries; the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communication and Technology; Police Marine; Zanzibar Environment Management Authority; Zanzibar Law Reform; Zanzibar Maritime Authority; Zanzibar Port Corporation; Zanzibar Shipping Corporation; and the Zanzibar Utility Regulatory Authority.  

The Deputy Principal Secretary Eng. Shomari Omar Shomari, Ministry of Infrastructure, Communication and Technology, opened the workshop. It is funded by the European Union and is being coordinated by the Indian Ocean Commission.

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