Interregional Maritime Security Institute


Promote through training a safe, secure, clean and sustainable maritime space in the Gulf of Guinea


Who are we ?

Coronavirus – COVID-19, suspension of all ISMI training activities

Following the decisions taken by the National Security Council (CNS) in Côte d’Ivoire regarding the pandemic situation (Coronavirus), the management of ISMI has decided to suspend until further notice all training activities at ISMI, as of Tuesday 17 March 2020. The resumption of activities will take place as soon as the health situation allows it and will be announced on this website.

ISMI Director and former DSAMO Master’s student meet at INTERPOL workshop

Meeting of the Director of ISMI with Ms. Ada Maxwell, former student of the DSAMO Master’s Degree, currently working at UNODC as Junior Specialist in the Global Programme against Maritime Crime. This was during the INTERPOL Dialogue Workshop on Sustainability of Maritime Law Enforcement Training, Accra, 25-28 February 2020.

Our training courses

In order to strengthen the capacities of the Gulf of Guinea countries in terms of maritime safety, security and protection of the marine environment, ISMI offers excellent training courses combining lectures, experience sharing and practical exercises.

A word from the Director

In response to the recurrent maritime security threats in the Gulf of Guinea in recent years, the African and international maritime community has mobilized to provide the most effective response possible.

Among the initiatives undertaken, there has been the creation since 2015 of the Interregional Maritime Security Institute, abbreviated as ISMI, as a strategic training institute of the Regional Academy of Maritime Sciences and Techniques (ARSTM) in Abidjan.

To develop the human resources skills of the Gulf of Guinea States in matters relating to maritime safety and security, the protection of the marine environment and its resources, is ISMI’s vocation. Its training courses, which will increasingly have a strong professional content, can help promote African expertise in maritime safety and security.

Africa has understood that its development will inevitably involve the sea. ISMI is committed to supporting this perspective by counting on the participation of the States of the Gulf of Guinea, but also on its partners, Côte d’Ivoire, France, the European Union, Japan and the Interregional Coordination Centre as well as all the others who decide to support us. We would like to express our gratitude to them.

Commander ABE Aké Lazare
Maritime and Port Authority Officer
Director of the Interregional Maritime Security Institute

ISMI, a training centre of excellence within ARSTM

Fin de formation de 14 auditeurs en Master 2 de droit et sécurité des activités maritimes

24/11/2019 – Agence Ivoirienne de Presse

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Sécurité maritime : Plusieurs spécialistes formés sur le sauvetage en mer

11/11/2019 – Fraternité matin

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ISMI holds seminar on maritime information and intelligence to fight crimes on sea

01/11/2019 – The Nigerian Voice

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Building tomorrow’s security

“Africa’s economic development will necessarily be achieved by the sea. It is aware of this challenge that ISMI, through training and capacity building in maritime safety and security for personnel from the Gulf of Guinea States, strives to contribute to building a dynamic and profitable maritime economy on safe, secure and clean maritime spaces.”

Director of the Interregional Maritime Security Institute


nationalities, from the 19 Gulf of Guinea states and the Hinterland

training sessions

working languages: French, English and Portuguese


Address: Interregional Maritime Security Institute, Yopougon Niangon Lokoa – B.P. V 158 Abidjan, République de Côte d’Ivoire

Phone: (225) / 09 – Fax : (225)


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