Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988 (SUA 1988)

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Rome, Italy
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 01/03/1992


Transport and telecommunications

Sub category

Maritime transport



What is it about?

The main purpose of the 1988 Convention is to ensure that participating states take appropriate action against persons committing unlawful acts against ships. These include the seizure of ships by force; acts of violence against persons on board ships; and the placing of devices on board a ship which are likely to destroy or damage it.

Why is it relevant?

The Convention encourages trade in ratifying states by implementing security measures to prevent the unlawful acts which otherwise hinder trade. The Convention obliges contracting governments either to extradite or prosecute alleged offenders.

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