Security Programmes & Forums

We plan security meetngs, programmes and forums, hosted at an authority, as pecial venue, or United Nations Facilitity

BIMCO has teamed up with COPE°, INTERPORTPOLICE, InterManager, Northeast Maritime Institute, and key players from the maritime and law enforcement communities to address the challenges that drug smuggling poses to professional seafarers. Together, we will be hosting a symposium on “Countering drug smuggling in ships: Fostering law enforcement / trade collaboration” in Houston, Texas, on 9 January 2024.

To register an interest in participating in the symposium in Houston on 9 January 2024, please visit the following ink:

COPE° recognizes just how important this subject is and the urgent need for action, which is why a Working Group has been established to work on future policy development related to this matter. Learn more about the Working Group, titled “Peace and Justice – The Unjust Criminalization of Seafarers,” at the following link: MORE


March 2023 - The UN’s International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the International Organization of Airport and Seaport Police (INTERPORTPOLICE) held a joint programme in London, UK at the IMO’s headquarters addressing “Law enforcement challenges in the maritime supply chain to improve facilitiation of international maritime traffic.” Opening speeches were given by IMO’s Dr. Heike Deggim, Director of the Maritime Safety Division and Secretary General Jay Grant of INTERPORTPOLICE.

One of the highlights of the forum was the address by the Rt. Hon. Lord William Hague of Richmond and the signing of the Buckingham Palace Declaration on Illegal Wildlife Trade by Secretary General Jay Grant on behalf of INTERPORTPOLICE. Lord Hague Chairs the Royal Foundation of the Prince and Princess of Wales and its United for Wildlife Transportation Task Force to combat illegal wildlife trade. The INTERPORTPOLICE co-sponsored IMO’s Guidelines for prevention of smuggling of wildlife on ships at the IMO Facilitation Committee session in late 2022.

IMO’s Dr. Heike Deggim, Director of the Maritime Safety Division

Ms Rhonda MacDonald, Policy & IMO liaison officer, International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAHP)

The symposium took place during the forty-seventh session of the IMO Facilitation Committee (FAL 47) with the aims of providing background information on a range of criminal activities related to ports and shipping, including corruption, fraudulent documentation and illegal wildlife trade; and considering, through interactive discussions, ways to better address law enforcement challenges in the maritime supply chain, in order to improve facilitation of international maritime traffic.

Distinguished speakers from the International Association of Ports and Harbours (IAPH), United for Wildlife, WWF, Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), International Chamber of Commerce Commercial Crime Services (ICC-CCS) and INTERPORTPOLICE gave presentations on their initiatives and programmes.

John Dodsworth, WWF (UK)

Ms. Cecilia Muller Torbrand, CEO Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN)

Rob Lomas, Deputy Commissioner, Maritime Affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Administrator

Captain Himanshu Chopra, Managing Director, Anglo-Eastern

Captain Cyrus Mody, Deputy Director, International Chamber of Commerce - Criminal Crime Services (ICC -CCS)

Chris Trelawny IPM, Deputy Secretary, INTERPORTPOLICE

Julian Abril, Secretary of the IMO Facilitation Committee

INTERPORTPOLICE has held consultative status with the IMO since 2009


Rt. Hon. Lord William Hague of Richmond (L) and Secretary General Jay Grant (R)