Abuja MoU on Port State Control
The Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for West and Central African Region (Abuja MoU) was signed at a Ministerial Conference held in Abuja, Nigeria by sixteen West and Central African States on 22nd of October 1999. The meeting was organised by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and hosted by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Abuja Memorandum of Understanding is the legal document under which maritime authorities of countries in the region agreed to develop and implement a common mechanism for the respective port state control activities. The main work of Abuja MoU is the harmonization of the port state control procedures and practices of all the countries in the region aimed at eliminating the operation of substandard shipping within the region thereby ensuring maritime safety, security, protection of our marine environment from pollution, improving the working and living conditions of ship crew, and to facilitate regional cooperation and exchange of information among member States.
To facilitate the attainment of the Abuja MOU region as a leading MoU globally, in the elimination of sub-standard shipping and upholding a lasting maritime safety and environmentally friendly culture among Member States.
To ensure the effective implementation of the Port State Control regime through the establishment of an improved and harmonized standard which adopts current IMO and ILO Conventions, for the elimination of sub-standard shipping.
Professionalism, Respect, Accountability, Communication, Teamwork, Technology, Integrity, Safety, Security and Excellence. (PRACTTISSE)
The following countries fall within the Abuja MoU region. Upon depositing of Instruments of Acceptance with the Secretary General of the Abuja MOU, countries become full members of the MoU.