The advanced training session related to rescue of human lives at sea
Rabat, October 1-3, 2018
As part of the development of African skills in strengthening maritime safety and the preservation of human life at sea initiated in 2017 by the ATLAFCO in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization and the International Maritime Rescue Federation and following the recommendations of the first session organized by the ATLAFCO, a second advanced training session related to rescue of human lives at sea took place on 01 to 03 October 2018 in Rabat. This activity is a component of the strategic axis of maritime safety programmed in the ATLAFCO action plan and approved by the Conference of Ministers, held in Abidjan on August 28, 2018 The program of this training session focused on the establishment of rescue services at sea, the development and improvement of the delivery provided and the techniques and actions to be undertaken for better management of the Conducted and Coordinated Maritime Rescue Mission by the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centers to reinforce the capacity of the rescue services of the African region for a better rescue of life at sea in the African maritime waters. The presentations (attached to this document) made during this session highlighted the following aspects • Fisheries and the safety for fishermen in the ATLAFCO zone; • Elements of the rescue device, the development of the SAR service and the ways on its improvement.
At the end of this session, the participants made a field visit to the Morocco sub-regional MRCC, located at Bouznika, a seaside area 20 Km from Rabat, which allowed them a practical visualization of the mission, its consistency and the functions performed as part of the life-saving mission at sea. This session was attended (see the attached list) by representatives of the following member countries of the ATLAFCO: Benin, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Liberia, Morocco, Mauritania, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra and Togo. It should be noted that at the invitation of IMO, the representatives of the following countries of East Africa: Tanzania, Somalia, Seychelles, Uganda also took part in this training session.