Madagascar to host maritime information centre

New centre to boost maritime awareness.

Madagascar to host maritime information centre

Stephen Spark

Work is to start next month on a regional maritime information centre (RMIC) for the western Indian Ocean.

The European Union-funded project, initiated by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), will be located in Madagascar, it was decided at last week’s African Union (AU) maritime security meeting in Seychelles. Madagascar was competing with Seychelles – which already hosts IOC’s Anti-Piracy Unit and the regional maritime crime information centre Reflecs3 – and Mauritius to host the project.

The centre is intended to ensure the safety and security of the estimated 7,000-8,000 ships that sail every day between Africa and Southeast Asia, and specifically the 2,500 vessels that transit daily the 230 nm-wide, 860 nm-long Mozambique Channel between Madagascar and the east African mainland.

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