Jeddah Amendment to the DCoC: Piracy Agreement to Cover Illicit Activity

According to this article, in a high-level meeting held in Jeddah on 10-12 January, a revised Djibouti Code of Conduct was adopted, which will be known as the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct 2017.

The Jeddah Amendment was signed on 12 January by 12 of the 17 participating States eligible to sign: Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Jordan, Madagascar, Maldives, Mozambique, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, United Arab Emirates, United Republic of Tanzania and Yemen.

The participatory States agreed to work together, with support from the IMO and other stakeholders, to build national and regional capacity to address wider maritime security issues, as a basis for sustainable development of the maritime sector.

The Amendment also recognizes the important role of the “blue economy” including shipping, seafaring, fisheries and tourism in supporting sustainable economic growth, food security, employment, prosperity and stability. But it expresses deep concern about crimes of piracy, armed robbery against ships and other illicit maritime activity, including fisheries crime, in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

Moreover, the Revised Code of Conduct calls for action including information sharing; interdicting ships and/or aircraft suspected of engaging in such crimes; ensuring that any persons committing or intending to commit such illicit activity are apprehended and prosecuted and facilitating proper care, treatment, and repatriation for seafarers, fishermen, other shipboard personnel and passengers involved as victims.