A national table-top exercise on maritime security concluded in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (28-29 August).
The aim of the event was to encourage a multi-agency approach to maritime security and maritime law enforcement issues. The exercise also highlighted the need for an integrated approach to the implementation of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPSCode. Broader security measures were looked at with a view to strengthening national implementation of the special measures to enhance maritime security.
Under the guidance of IMO consultants, participants reviewed and discussed a number of possible maritime and port security scenarios and identified gaps and opportunities for improvement, recognizing the importance of better cooperation and communication between national agencies. The group produced a number of recommendations that will be further considered by relevant authorities.
A number of different national agencies, including representatives of the ISPS designated authority, national administration, naval, military and air forces, port authorities, national police, immigration authorities, fire-fighters, red cross, health services, intelligence agencies, amongst others attended the exercise.
IMO was represented by Javier Yasnikouski and a team of consultants.