Commercial shipping and pleasure boating are carried out by;
- In national cabotage, when it is carried out between two ports of a member state.
- Sub-regional cabotage, when it takes place between two or more ports of two or more member states.
- International cabotage, when it is carried out between a port in a Member State and another port in Africa;
- Long-distance, when it is carried out beyond the limits of international cabotage.
Defining and regulating the boundaries of:
- Inshore fishing;
- Offshore fishing;
- deep-sea fishing;
Are left to the discretion of each Member State.
National and sub-regional cabotage navigation is reserved for vessels flying the flag of a Member State, unless a justified derogation is granted by each competent maritime authority, on a case-by-case basis.
The marking the coastline of each Member State is determined by the competent maritime authority, in accordance with the international regulations in force; the physical operations involved in setting up and maintaining the markings can be entrusted to a public or private body acting on behalf of and under the under the control of the maritime authority.