September 15 2004

Security: IMO starts "training the trainer"

IMO's first maritime security "Train-the-Trainer" course is to be held in Alexandria, Egypt from September 20 to 25, with the second scheduled for Busan, Republic of Korea, from October 25 to 30, 2004.

The Train-the-Trainer program, initially expected to consist of eighteen courses worldwide, complements the ongoing IMO program of regional, sub-regional and national maritime security seminars and workshops, conducted under the auspices of IMO's Global Program on Maritime Security, since early 2002. The Programe aims to enhance implementation of the IMO maritime security measures, including the International Ship and Port Facilities Security (ISPS) Code, which were adopted in 2002 and entered into force on July 1, 2004.

The six-day Train-the-Trainer courses will focus on developing instructors' maritime security knowledge so that they are better equipped to train others, using the IMO model courses for Ship, Company and Port Facility Security Officers (SSOs, CSO and PFSOs).

The target audience is instructors at national maritime training centers and candidates from the shipping industry who have, or are about to be assigned, maritime security-related instructional duties.

Graduates will receive a certificate and will be expected to assist in training other instructors, both regionally and nationally. The intention is that IMO will train the first instructors on a regional basis. These "graduates," initially assisted by IMO experts, will then train further instructors on a regional and sub-regional basis, and will also deliver IMO model courses in their own national training centers. The aim is for all participating Member Governments to build up a cadre of instructors equipped to train others using IMO model courses for security officers. This "cascade training" should result in a significant increase in the number of those trained to a consistent standard and is seen as a cost-effective use of donors' funds.

The long-term success of this program is, in part, contingent upon donor Contracting Governments and industry partners bearing the costs of hosting, instruction and participating in courses and also on their willingness to help IMO to provide direct assistance to developing countries.

In other security-related initiatives, the Government of India is developing a new model course for authorized officers carrying out control and compliance measures to enhance maritime security, with an expected completion date of mid-October.

Also in development is a Videotel-IMO maritime security awareness video and a multimedia training package for Port Facility Security Officers (PFSOs). In addition, IMO is in the process of developing a training video/CD-ROM on security in the wider port area in collaboration with ILO and other organizations, including the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH).

Meanwhile, in mid-October, a joint International Labor Organization/IMO workshop for representatives of Governments, employers and workers in the port sector on the ILO/IMO Code of practice on security in ports will be held at the ILO training centre in Turin, Italy.

All of these programes and initiatives come under the umbrella of IMO's Global Technical Cooperation Program on Maritime Security, which has a key role to play in enhancing maritime security. Under the programme, 18 regional or sub-regional seminars/workshops have been held since April 2002, covering all developing regions and countries in transition. To date, 74 national training courses/advisory missions have been organized. A total of 3,505 people have been trained through this process.

IMO's total financial contribution to the programme for 2002-2005 is US $2,645,000 and the expenditure on the Program to date is more than US$2.5 million. A Maritime Security Trust Fund has been set up to receive donations specifically for security-related activities

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