Tuesday 09 August, 2022
Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West & Central African Region
Captain Sunday Umoren
Secretary General
Welcome to Abuja MoU website. The Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region generally referred to as Abuja MoU is one of the 9 Regional MoUs and 1 national MoU established pursuant to IMO Resolution A.682(17) of 1991. The Organization operates under a Cooperative Agreement with the IMO. Abuja MoU was established on 22nd October 1999 as an inter-governmental organization comprising of the Maritime Administrations of countries abutting the Atlantic coast of Africa.

Port State control is the inspection of foreign ships visiting the port of another country. The purpose of the inspection is to determine the compliance level of the ships with relevant international conventions and codes governing maritime safety, marine pollution and the living and working conditions of seafarers on board ships.Port State inspections complements the efforts of flag State in compelling compliance of ships and encouraging effective implementation by flag States.

Non-performing PSC regime port State control regime permit the concentration of substandard ships in the region arising from less stringent inspections, absence of harmonization and collaboration between member States. It is hoped that member States will effectively participate in the activities of Abuja MoU and together drive away substandard ships from the region’s seas.

Our Mission
Abuja MoU´s mission is to develop a system of harmonized port State control inspection procedure for the region aimed at the reduction and eventual elimination of substandard shipping, prevention of marine pollution and improvement of the living and working conditions of seafarers aboard ships.
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