The Maldives and the United Kingdom (UK) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
The MoU was formalised during a signing ceremony attended by the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Aishath Nahula, and the Under Secretary of State for Aviation and Maritime Security at the UK’s Department of Transport, Baroness Charlotte Vere.
The agreement outlines key areas of cooperation between the two nations in ensuring the security of international ports. One of the primary objectives is to establish a common framework for the formulation and implementation of regulations that adhere to the ISPS Code. By doing so, both countries seek to raise the bar for maritime safety and enhance their overall port security measures.
Moreover, the MoU paves the way for collaborative efforts in developing technical expertise within the maritime transport industry. Specialised programs will be initiated to support the growth of skills and knowledge, enabling professionals from both countries to benefit from each other’s experience and best practices.
One of the significant aspects of this cooperation is the mutual commitment to facilitating visits to each other’s ports for inspection purposes. These visits will serve as essential opportunities to assess compliance with the ISPS Code, ensuring that both the Maldives and the UK maintain high-security standards.
To promote knowledge exchange and continuous improvement, the two nations plan to conduct joint meetings, seminars, and workshops focused on maritime safety and security. By sharing insights and lessons learned, they aim to strengthen their respective approaches to handling potential security threats at ports.
Furthermore, the agreement encompasses plans for capacity building, where the UK will extend its assistance to the Maldives. This support will involve consultancy activities related to port security, and sharing expertise to enhance the Maldives’ capabilities in safeguarding its maritime interests.
In line with their commitment to fostering a safe and secure maritime environment, the UK will also provide a valuable aid to the Maldives in matters related to maritime strategies, regulations, protocols, and standard operating procedures (SOPs).