Pilot Project to Combat Piracy

In the Horn of Africa, maritime experts have embarked on a pilot project to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa.  At a planning conference the need to build capacity for maritime domain awareness was stressed.

Maritime experts in new drive to counter piracy

By Patrick Beja

Maritime experts have embarked on a pilot project to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa.

The experts held a conference at the Mombasa Continental Resort to plan on how to counter piracy in the region. It included a demonstration of the programme at the Kenya Maritime Authority’s (KMA) Regional Maritime Rescue and Co-ordination Centre (RMRCC) based at the port of Mombasa.

Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) director general Mrs Nancy Karigithu stressed the need to build capacity for maritime domain awareness in the midst of emerging security threats.

“I acknowledge that maritime cooperation is now a necessary step in dealing with increasing maritime issues such as the crimes of piracy, terrorism, illicit trade and illegitimate exploitation of marine resources, and requires coordinated security awareness and broader collaboration in order to mount effective response to these threats,” Karigithu said.

The conference was sponsored by the European Commission through the Joint Research Centre in Naples, Italy. It brought together decision makers in maritime administrations and coast guards with responsibility for maritime domain awareness from Kenya, US Navy, Seychelles, Yemen, Belgium, Zambia, India, Djibouti, Mauritius, Comoros, Botswana, La Reunion Island, French military, Italy, Mozambique, Madagascar, Maldives and European Union as well as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

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Article courtesy of Standard Digital.

 

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