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The Kingdom contributes to projects related to combatting piracy, maritime laws, specialized maritime education and the IMO Technical Cooperation Fund as part of efforts to enhance both the IMO and the shipping industry.

Beyond the IMO, in 2018 Saudi Arabia acceded to the International Convention for the Facilitation of Maritime Traffic to facilitate arrivals in Saudi ports and has also developed electronic platforms for ship registration, certification, port entry, and clearance procedures within 24 hours of arrivals the 5th fastest in the world.

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The Kingdom prioritises cooperation 

KSA actively supports maritime safety through the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCOC) and anti-piracy Inaitivates including CTF 151 and International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC)

Maritime Security in Waterways & Enhance the Safety of Maritime Navigation

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia actively participates in all IMO activities. It prioritises engagement in IMO Sessions, and sub-committees. The Kingdom is represented by its appointed representative who leads delegations and facilitates bilateral engagement on all areas relative to the organisation. 

  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) 1974 and the International Convention for Search and Rescue at Sea (SAR) 1979,

  • There are two coordination centers for Maritime search and rescue, one the Red Sea and the other on the Arabian Gulf

  • The Kingdom has established an office to investigate marine accidents in 2020

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The Kingdom is committed to the safety and security of waterways for commercial ships and plays a vital role in combatting piracy in the Middle East region. The Kingdom has:

  • Launched a Saudi initiative with Arab and African countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden to promote security and development and protect the movement of international trade and freedom of navigation.

  • Established a Marine Border Security Unit for ships and marine facilities; and

  • Established a Marine Facilities Security and Protection Force to deal with threats against vital marine facilities.

International Maritime Partnerships

  • Saudi Arabia it chaired the Steering Committee of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (Jeddah Amendments, 2017)

  • The Kingdom, in cooperation with countries bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, has established the “Council of Arab and African States bordering the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden”

  • Saudi Arabia it chaired the Steering Committee of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (Jeddah Amendments, 2017)

  • Saudi Arabia is considered one of the countries of the International Alliance for the Security and Protection of Maritime Navigation, also known as “The International Maritime Security Construct” (IMSC).

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KSA actively supports maritime safety through the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCOC) and anti-piracy Inaitivates including CTF 151 and International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC)


International Maritime Cooperation

Saudi Arabia actively engages with international partners In environmental partners including:




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GloLitter Partnership

GloFouling Partnership


Preventing the spread of invasive aquatic species

Biofouling is an accumulation of aquatic organisms on wetted or immersed surfaces such as ships and other offshore structures. Biofouling is a major vector for the introduction of alien species that may become invasive and severely alter marine biodiversity. In addition, biofouling on ships’ hulls increases their surface roughness, which in turn increases frictional resistance and ultimately fuel consumption and GHG emissions

Accelerating technology transfer for a voyage together

IMO CARES will connect the dots by bringing together the various low/zero carbon R&D centres, the Maritime Technology Cooperation Centres, financial institutions, donors, IMO GHG initiatives and the private sector. The aim is to accelerate the demonstration of low/ zero carbon technologies and alternative fuels in the field and promote their deployment in a manner that facilitates blue economic growth in developing regions while creating new technology markets. The design phase of IMO CARES will identify various stakeholders and donors who may wish to become part of this ambitious programme.

Reducing sea-based marine plastic litter

It is estimated that about 20% of total marine plastics comes from sea-based sources such as fisheries, shipping, recreation, oil and gas industry, and others. Plastic litter has devastating effects on our oceans, marine life and human health. Reducing and preventing marine plastic litter is vital to safeguard coastal and global marine resources.

Bilateral Maritime Engagement


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Capacity Building, Maritime Education and Training

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is committed to developing a sustainable and integrated maritime sector. We are focused on building capacity and providing resources to ensure our citizens are equipped with the skills and knowledge to work in the maritime industry.

Our initiatives include Maritime Education and Training, Capacity Building, IMO cooperation and other initiatives to ensure our citizens are prepared to work in the industry. We strive to make the maritime sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a safe and secure industry.

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