“The aim was to foster closer ties and enable more effective, timely info sharing and communication amongst agencies to ensure safe and open passage for the int'l shipping community.”
Singapore, as a Contracting Party to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP) and host to the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), has recently participated in the 11th Governing Council meeting held from 14-16th March 2017. At this meeting, the Governing Council endorsed the roadmap and strategies to strengthen ReCAAP ISC as a Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia by 2020. The Roadmap was the result of several rounds of consultations and discussions amongst Governors, representatives from the Contracting Parties and the Shipping Industry.
The Roadmap comprises among other things:
Mr Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore’s Governor to ReCAAP Governing Council, said, "In 2016, the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships particularly in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have reduced significantly. This is the result of concerted joint efforts by all stakeholders, including regional governments, industry and ReCAAP ISC. On Singapore’s part, MPA will continue to work closely with our enforcement agencies such asthe Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) of the Republic of Singapore Navy to protect our sea lanes. MPA also continues to engage the regional and international community on piracy issues through the sharing of best practices and networking of contact points. In January this year, MPA and ReCAAP ISC jointly organised the inaugural meeting and workshop for key anti-piracy personnel in Asia and Africa and Europe. The aim was to foster closer ties and enable more effective, timely information sharing and communication amongst agencies to ensure safe and open passage for the international shipping community."
Read the media release by MPA here.
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