27 February 2014, London; Mr Ahmed Shiaan, Acting High Commissioner of the Republic of Maldives to the UK, yesterday presented Mr Gaetano Librando, Acting Director of the Legal Office and External Relations Division of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), with the instruments of ratification for the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (SUA) and the related Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (SUA PROT).
The SUA Convention and accompanying SUA Protocol criminalises behaviour that threatens the safety of maritime navigation and offshore fixed platforms (including oil platforms) respectively, and provides states parties the obligation to prosecute or extradite persons who commit such behaviour.
The instruments of ratification, the formal letters confirming that the Convention and Protocol had been ratified, were signed by H.E. Ms Dunya Maumoon, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Maldives, on 9 January 2014. In ratifying these treaties the Maldives becomes the 162nd state party to the SUA Convention and the 150th state party to the SUA Protocol.
Maldives became a member of the IMO in 1967 and has ratified 18 IMO treaties.