The FlagPort WACAF project aims to support maritime administrations in Western and Central Africa in taking up their responsibilities in terms of flag state implementation and port state control. It is aimed at enhancing safety and security, port efficiency, environmental protection and working conditions.

Participating countries so far are Angola, Benin, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Togo. The project will prepare local administrations ahead of the entry into force of the mandatory Audit Scheme of the International Maritime Organisation, which is expected for 2016.

Activities in 2014 included five flag-state-implementation need assessment missions followed by national seminars, and five maritime legislation reviews in Angola, Benin, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo. A regional workshop on marine casualties’ investigation took place at the Regional Maritime University in Accra, Ghana.

Capacity building will allow administrations to carry out ship safety inspections with increased frequency and quality, along the guidelines of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Safety Management Code for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.

On Port State Control harmonization, 10 countries in the region have acceded to the Abuja Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region. The program aims to provide administrations with the required skills and capacity to perform the necessary inspection tasks.

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FlagPort WACAF: Regional Training Workshop on Port State Control, Lagos, Nigeria, 07-16 March 2016


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FlagPort WACAF: Supporting Ghana Maritime Authority


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FlagPort WACAF: Needs Assessment, Maritime Legislation Review, and National Seminar, Mindelo, Cabo Verde


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FlagPort WACAF: Needs Assessment, Maritime Legislation Review, and National Seminar, Monrovia, Liberia