The Maritime and Port Security Program focuses on strengthening the protection and security capacities of OAS member states - from the national level to the port level - according to their needs, vulnerabilities, and regulatory and legislative frameworks. This is carried out through a combination of national and regional activities, with an approved and innovative methodology, and in consultation with other organizations, authorities and key actors involved in the development of maritime and port security capabilities. The program develops and implements workshops, seminars, training sessions and conferences that address a wide range of key issues, including: implementation of the ISPS Code, awareness of the maritime domain, analysis and risk management, inter-institutional coordination, maritime crisis management, and port cybersecurity.


Resultados Protección Marítima


  • Evaluations and Training in Key Ports of Belize, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica.
  • Promulgation of good practices and approved tools for risk management, handling of a maritime crisis, and the strengthening of relevant plans, policies, and procedures (SOPs), in 24 OAS member states.
  • Strengthening regional, national and port frameworks and networks for the exchange of information and coordination in maritime and port security.
  • Workshops and national and regional seminars to strengthen maritime and/or port security capacities.
  • Facilitation of the development of National and Regional Strategies for Maritime Security.


Lessons learned and best practices
(Virtual Roundtable on Women in Maritime and Port Security)

Strategic partners

Gobierno de Canada (Global Affairs Canada)
Caribbean Development Bank
Regional Security System
Organización Marítima Internacional (OMI)
Gobierno de Mexico (Secretaría de la Armada / SEMAR)
Gobierno de los Estados Unidos (US Coast Guard)
National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO)


The aim of this Drafting Guide is to provide Designated Authorities in OAS Member States with a template that can easily be adapted to reflect their particular regulatory framework, governance structure and operational procedures ...

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The course is designed to provide law enforcement and security professionals a comprehensive introduction to the maritime industry, including up-to-date information about the ships, ports, terminal, and professionals of the maritime transportation system. The students will be able to learn basic information related to key policies, government and private sector governance structures, coastal and offshore industrial practices of the maritime transportation sector, raising awareness and valuable insights on this critical infrastructure.

Cost: Free
Duration: Self-paced
Modality: Online
Language: English
Provider: United States National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) Online Training Portal
More information:
The growth in digitalization and automation in the maritime domain1 has brought increases in efficiency and competitiveness as well as the industry’s overall cyber risk. In the Western Hemisphere, the maritime sector is crucial to the flow of commerce and protecting operations and data that underpin those operations is of growing importance to national and regional economies...

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English | Español
March 16, 17 and 19, 2021

The roundtable focused on the inequalities that women continue to face in the maritime and port security sector. The OAS Project Team identified four objectives, each of which is addressed in the following sections ...