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News: Piracy - Benin security requirements

07 August 2020

On 13 July 2020 the Benin authorites issued a decree requiring every vessel bound for a Benin port to have an embarked security team onboard. Where a vessel does not have an onboard security team, the Benin authorities will automatically provide security by use of the Benin security forces. All costs will be for the vessel. 

Where a vessel's destination is a port of Benin and it has on board a security team, the vessel should request permission to enter Benin territorial waters 72 hours before the vessel's arrival. 

Any violation of the decree may result in a prosecution under the Benin maritime and/or crimimal codes. 

The decree and translation which can be found in the attachment box include details of the procedures and potential costs of inspections, security teams and escorts.

Members are reminded of the club's previous news item referring to the Piracy FAQs, and the West Africa Maritime Security update, both of which are linked to on this page.

We thank Agathe Le Dem of ETIC sas P&I for this update.