IMO Secretary-General condemns attacks against international shipping

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Arsenio Dominguez, Secretary-General of the IMO, addressed the United Nations Security Council this week, repeating the body’s condemnation of the attacks against international shipping in the Red Sea area and reiterating IMO’s strong commitment to protect seafarers, ships and cargoes, essential to global supply chains.

On Monday 18 December, an Extraordinary Meeting of the members of the Djibouti Code of conduct (DCoC) was held to discuss how to deal with increasing threats against international shipping in the Red Sea Area, he informed. This meeting was attended by representatives from Signatory States of the Djibouti Code of Conduct and its Jeddah Amendment, international and regional naval forces, regional centres, and maritime industry stakeholders.

The meeting called for enhanced security measures, including coordination among signatory States, navies, and the industry, and continuous meetings/reviews and submission of recommendations to the IMO and the United Nations Security Council.

The IMO Secretary-General also encouraged ships to continue sending an initial report when entering the Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA) to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operation Centre and other relevant centres in the region, as this covers the entire Red Sea and ships should send an initial report when clearing Suez or when crossing boundaries in the Indian Ocean.

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