Strengthening the security and safety of ports in West and Central Africa

The European Union has committed to strengthening the security and safety of port infrastructures in West and Central Africa, through the WeCAPS technical assistance project, which is financed by the EU and implemented by Expertise France. The WeCAPS project founds its strategy on international frameworks and best practices in the area of port security and safety. These include compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code), the implementation of industrial best practices and applicable standards, and training for stakeholders involved in the security of port infrastructures.

Port safety

Most ports in West and Central Africa have implemented the international code for the safety of ships and port facilities, known as the ISPS Code, which was developed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). WeCAPS supports its partners in their endeavours to ensure the safety of their port infrastructures and in their application of the ISPS rules.

Port governance

The European Union West and Central Africa Port Security (WeCAPS) project, implemented by Expertise France, seeks to support autonomous ports, supervisory bodies and port authorities, so that ports may improve management of their safety and security.

Port security

Port facilities are sensitive sites which require a high level of control over the risks and threats which could affect them. WeCAPS aims to support port authorities in their management of security, and more specifically, WeCAPS seeks to assist partner ports and the associated State services in West and Central Africa, with a view to predict, avert and manage crises, by proposing solutions that are adapted to the ports’ needs.

Project news

Port governance: A key theme of port security and safety

WeCAPS, a European Union project implemented by Expertise France, was launched in January 2019 and aims to help partner countries in West and Central...

News of maritime and port domains

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