Inside the IFC

Inside the IFC.

International Fusion Centre tackles ship hijackings


SINGAPORE: When pirates hijack a ship in Asian waters, an international maritime security outfit known as the Information Fusion Centre (IFC) will be among the first to get a full picture on what’s happening.

From the control room of the IFC hosted at the Changi naval base here, navy and maritime security personnel from 15 countries, including Malaysia, work together to monitor the movement of 177,000 ships from the Gulf of Aden to the South China Sea in real time.

Its personnel can track any hijacked ship, its location and heading. They can also communicate with maritime agencies and navies in 35 countries.

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