Below is a list of the most common abbreviations and technical terms used in program documents.

ACP : African, Carribean and Pacific Group of States

AIM Strategy : African Integrated Maritime Strategy

AGPAOC : Association de Gestion des Ports de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

AIS : Automatic Identification System

AMTC : African Maritime Transport Charter

ARTSM : Académie Régionale des Sciences et Techniques de la Mer

AU : African Union

AUC : African Union Commission

CEEAC : Communauté Économique des États de l’ Afrique Centrale (cf. ECCAS)

CETMAR : Centro Tecnologico del Mar

CMR : Critical Maritime Transport routes project

CRIMGO : Critical Maritime Routes in the Gulf of Guinea Programme

DEVCO : Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (European Commission)

EC : European Commission

ECCAS : Economic Community of Central African States (cf. CEEAC)

ECOWAS : Economic Community of West African States

EDF : European Development Fund

EU : European Union

FlagPort WACAF : Support to Flag State Implementation and Port State Control in West and Central Africa

FSI : Flag State Implementation

IfS : Instrument for Stability

ISPS : International Ship and Port Security Code

IMO : International Maritime Organisation

IMDG : International Management Code for Dangerous Goods

IPSEA : Improvement of Port Safety and Efficiency in Africa

ISPS : International Ship and Port Security Code

IT : Information Technology

MARENDA : Development of port DAtabase interchange mechanism, MARine ENvironment protection and emergency response performance

MARPOL : International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships

MARSIC : Enhancing MARitime Security and safety through Information sharing and Capacity building

MOWCA : Maritime Organisation for West and Central Africa

NIMASA : Nigerian Maritime Safety Organisation

OAU : Organisation for African Union

OUA : Organisation de l’unité africaine

OMAOC : Organisation maritime de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre

OMI : Organisation maritime internationale

OPRC : Oil Pollution Response Convention

PMAWCA : Ports Management Association for West and Central Africa

PPP : Public-Private Partnership / Partenariat Public-Privé

PSC : Port State Control

REMPEC : Response Emergency Maritime Pollution Emergency Centre

RMU : Regional Maritime University (Accra)

SAFEMED : Safety Programme for the Mediterranean Region

SEACOP : Seaport Cooperation Programme

SOLAS : Safety of Life at Sea Convention

SPAWAR : Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (U.S. military command)

TA : Technical Assistance

TAPs : Technical and Administrative Provisions

UA : Union africaine

UE : Union europénne

UEMOA : Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine

UN : United Nations

WACAF : West and Central Africa

WCA : Western and Central Africa

WMU : World Maritime University