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October 21, 2005

Russia contributes to IMO security fund

IMO's International Maritime Security Trust Fund has received a significant boostfrom the Government of the Russian Federation --a financial contribution of $120,000.

The fund was established in June 2003 to enable IMO to respond to requests for technical assistance on maritime security issues.

Other contributors to the fund have included the Governments of Denmark, Egypt, Germany, Republic of Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States and a training institute (the U.S.-based Northeast Maritime Institute). All contributions help in implementing IMO's Global Technical Cooperation Program on Maritime Security.

The program has included many activities aimed at enhancing maritime security and in particular the implementation of the maritime security measures adopted by IMO--including SOLAS chapter XI-2 (Special measures to enhance maritime security) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, which were adopted in 2002 and entered into force in July 2004.

By the end of 2005, 22 regional seminars/workshops and 87 national training courses/advisory missions will have been organized, resulting in some 4,000 people being trained globally. In addition, a total of 17 sub-regional maritime security "Train-the-Trainer" courses will have been successfully delivered.