The charterer has the obligation in the charter contracts to designate a port that is safe for both the ship and the crew; thay is to say, that it does not represent any danger to them.
The determination of whether a port is safe is given case by case, taking into account multiple factors such as: port conditions, implemented security measures, among others. If a port turns out to be unsafe, the charterer will most likely be liable to the shipowner.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created important challenges in terms of coordinating work on safety and security within the Central and West African common maritime space. To address this, IMO helped set up a new video conferencing service for the Interregional Coordination Centre (ICC) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.