Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) to remain in Singapore.
Singapore to host anti-piracy centre for another five years
Singapore will host the Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) for another five years.
With the extension of the ReCAAP ISC headquarters, Singapore has reaffirmed its commitment to international co-operation to combat piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
“As a global hub port and a major flag state, Singapore is committed to combating piracy and armed robbery at sea.
“This new Headquarters Agreement will enable the ReCAAP ISC to strengthen its partnership with government and industry towards safe and secure shipping in Asia,” Mr Lui Tuck Yew, Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs, said after the agreement was signed today.
Launched in Singapore in 2006, the ReCAAP ISC has established itself as an authority on incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
In addition to facilitating the prompt exchange of information between ReCAAP Focal Points, the ReCAAP ISC also contributes to anti-piracy capacity building in Asia and actively engages the industry on measures to prevent attacks of piracy.
“The signing of the Headquarters Agreement today gives both Government and industry stakeholders added opportunities for strengthening co-operation towards ensuring safe and secure waterways for international shipping in Asia,” said Mr Lam Yi Young, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).
Mr Lam and Mr Yoshihisa Endo, Executive Director of the ReCAAP ISC, signed the Headquarters Agreement on the sidelines of the 6th ReCAAP ISC Governing Council Meeting.