IMO is holding its first training event for Libyan port facility security officers
IMO maritime security training is underway for Libyan port facility security officers, managers and designated authority officials (30 April – 4 May). The workshop, delivered entirely in Arabic, aims to assist the Libyan Government in enhanced security risk assessments and controls on maritime transport through its territory. It is the first IMO maritime security workshop for Libya since the country's civil war.
Twenty officers in charge of port security from ports across the country are attending, including five from the national committee in charge of oversight of compliance in the country. Participants are being trained on how to perform their duties in line with IMO’s code on International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS Code), SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and related guidance. Participants are also being taught to train other officials with similar responsibilities.
Additionally, the workshop will allow the IMO team, led by Henrik Madsen, to understand the level of knowledge and existing skills among the officials – with a view to assessing capacity and suitability of potential follow-up assistance.
The event was organised at the request of the President of the Libyan Port and Maritime Transport Authority, and held in neighbouring Tunisia. The workshop is the second of its type to be delivered entirely in Arabic, including presentations and materials in Arabic, following a similar event held in Qatar last week.