On the basis of the Pacific Community (SPC) and the International Maritime Organization(IMO) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on technical cooperation, SPC implements technical cooperation activities in the Pacific related to maritime safety, security, facilitation of maritime traffic and legislation, mainly under IMO's Integrated Technical Cooperation Programme (ITCP).
Additionally, SPC supports the implementation of donor-funded long-term projects of IMO in the region.
SPC's Oceans and Maritime Programme is guided by the regional Framework for Action on Transport Services 2011-2020 (FATS) and the associated Transport Services Implementation Plan 2015-2020 (TSIP), which were formulated in response to calls from Pacific Forum Leaders for improved coordination and delivery of safe, secure, efficient, affordable and sustainable transportation services.
The triennial Regional Energy and Transport Ministers' meetings along with the meetings of Transport officials and the Asia Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) provide a medium-term roadmap for addressing emerging transport issues and is a mechanism for consultation used by SPC to identify needs and priorities are also identified during in-country technical visits by SPC and written requests from Member States.
Fourteen countries are considered under this Project of which 12 are IMO Member States. All 14 countries are Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) and four are Least Developed Countries (LDCs).
Additionally, the participation of Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Pacific Island territories, may also be considered under the scope of this Project on a self-funding basis.
The beneficiaries of this Project are Maritime Administrations and Focal points on behalf of Governments (Ministry of Transport/Foreign Affairs).