The Signatory States to the Code of Conduct concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden (the Djibouti Code of Conduct) and the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct, 2017 (DCoC/JA) support the statement of His Excellency Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), to the United Nations Security Council on maritime security challenges along the vital shipping lane of the Red Sea.
An updated press statement (issued on 7 January 2024), which seeks support for measures such as promoting counter-piracy initiatives, bolstering maritime presence, implementing self-protection measures in ports, and curbing the supply of weapons to perpetrators.
With mounting concerns about the safety of seafarers, vessels, and global supply chains, the call for UN intervention stands as a pivotal step toward safeguarding maritime security and ensuring uninterrupted global trade through these crucial international waterways.
The full statement can be read here:
The Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, vital international maritime corridors with over 2000 ships transiting monthly, face the brunt of these attacks. Disruption in this key route not only poses grave economic repercussions on a global scale but also threatens the fragile economies in the western Indian Ocean region. Notably, rerouting vessels via the Cape has resulted in increased costs, escalated greenhouse gas emissions, and disruptions to the supply chain, already reliant on “just-in-time” deliveries.