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IMO – the International Maritime Organization – is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. IMO's work supports the UN sustainable development goals.



The ILO aims to ensure that it serves the needs of working women and men by bringing together governments, employers and workers to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes. The very structure of the ILO, where workers and employers together have an equal voice with governments in its deliberations, shows social dialogue in action. It ensures that the views of the social partners are closely reflected in ILO labour standards, policies and programmes.​

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The Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control for the Indian Ocean Region came into effect on 1st April 1999. As of today a total of, twenty countries of the Indian Ocean region viz. Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, Eritrea, France (La Reunion), India, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Myanmar, Oman, Seyc​helles, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Sudan Tanzania and Yemen have become parties to the Memorandum.

Revised MOU 

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The IORA ensures freedom of navigation and overflight, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS.

The IORA Action Plan 2022-27 sets out the strategic goals of the Maritime Safety and Security Priority Area.  This involves promoting MSS in the Indian Ocean Region through effective coordination between Member States and relevant international organisations for sharing of expertise and resources, strengthening regional cooperation to address Trans Boundary challenges, and ensure freedom of navigation in accordance with International Law, including UNCLOS, while ensuring collaboration across IORA Working Groups on common areas of interest.

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The mission of the Indian Ocean Commission is to strengthen the links between the islands of the Indian Ocean region and to support its member states in the path towards sustainable development. The Indian Ocean Commission thus intervenes in areas where regional action has a strong added value. The Indian Ocean Commission is at the service of its Member States and therefore intervenes at their request.

As an intergovernmental c​ooperation organization, the Indian Ocean Commission acts in favor of peace and stability, maritime security, food security, preservation of the environment, fisheries, adaptation to climate change, the interests of developing island states, public health or cultural expression.

Its action is thus in line with the international frameworks to which its member states are signatories, such as the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development 2030 and the Global Climate Agreement, among others. To do so, the Indian Ocean Commission is supported by a dozen international and regional partners.

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Mauritius Shipping Corporation Ltd (MSCL) was incorporated on the 10th January 1986 as a private limited company and owns / operates one vessel namely the m/s “Mauritius Trochetia”. As the national shipping line, MSCL ensures shipping connections among the island communities of the Republic of Mauritius and to allow Government of Mauritius to fulfil its social obligations.

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The Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) is the sole national port authority set up under the Ports Act 1998, to regulate and control the port sectors in the Republic of Mauritius, including Rodrigues and all outer islands. The MPA is a landlord port authority, providing the main port infrastructure and superstructure, together with​ related facilities. It also provides marine services and navigation aids, while it regulates and controls all port activities and environmental issues within the designated port areas.​

Over the past decades, the port has been transformed into an economic nerve centre, with modern port equipment, a dynamic Freeport, extensive port-based facilities together with an impressive waterfront and dedicated cruise facility.

The strategic objective of the MPA is to make Port Louis and Port Mathurin Harbours well equipped, professionally managed and constantly upgraded ports in order to maintain high productivity and enhanced service levels at competitive 

rates. To achieve this objective, MPA will continue to pursue a policy of improvement and opening to the outside world. In the same manner, it will encourage further investment in the ports to respond to the growing needs of the shipping lines and other port stakeholders.

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GloFouling Partnership​s

GloFouling Partnerships Project was launched in December 2018, as an international initiative to address the build-up of aquatic organisms on a ship’s underwater hull and on other marine mobile infrastructure. The GloFouling Partnerships Project is a collaboration between the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Internation​al Maritime Organisation (IMO). The GloFouling Project has a duration of six and a half years, from December 2018 to May 2025, and the twelve Lead Partnering Countries (LPCs) which have been selected out of the 172 IMO Member States are from seven regions of the world representing a mix of developing and Small Island Developing States. These countries include Brazil, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Jordan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Tonga.

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Updated on 08 May 2024​