Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the launch of a new collaborative
framework to combat illicit maritime activities in the Gulf of Guinea.
Speaking at the
inaugural meeting (14 July) of the Gulf of Guinea Maritime Collaboration Forum
– SHADE (GOG-MCF/SHADE) project, Mr. Lim said he was encouraged by its
establishment. GOG-MCF/SHADE aims to
facilitate shared awareness and de-conflict activities in the region by linking
all relevant stakeholders to advance and coordinate maritime security
The security situation in the Gulf of Guinea remains at the top of
IMO’s and my personal priorities said Lim
situation in the Gulf of Guinea remains at the top of IMO’s and my personal
priorities,” Mr. Lim said. “International shipping is suffering. Piracy and armed
robbery continue to damage the economy and trade. This situation has continued
for several years, and these illegal acts must be stopped. Now is the time to
make real progress.”
is co-chaired by the Inter Regional Coordination Centre (ICC) Yaoundé and
acknowledged positive strides in the area of interagency cooperation and
response on a regional and international level, highlighting anti-piracy
legislation passed by Ghana, recent convictions of pirates in Togo, and Nigeria’s
Deep Blue Project.
IMO continues to support training and other capacity-building
IMO continues to
support training and other capacity-building activities for individual Gulf of
Guinea States as well as cooperative regional efforts, under the framework of
the Yaoundé Code of Conduct, an agreement signed by countries in the region who
commit to working to repress piracy, armed robbery against ships and other
illicit maritime activity.
At the request of
the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic
Community of West African States ECOWAS and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, IMO
continues to work with the ICC Yaoundé, including supporting a series of
regional expert level online meetings aiming to assess the implementation and
sustainability of the Yaoundé Code of Conduct and to provide recommendations to
the three organizations.
In May, IMO’s Maritime
Safety Committee (MSC) called for further action to address piracy and armed
robbery against ships in the Gulf of Guinea.