Sharing information to counter piracy

IMO Secretary-General meets ReCAAP.

Sharing information to counter piracy

Blog from IMO Secretary-General

Yesterday, I visited the new premises of the Information Sharing Centre (ISC) of ReCAAP (the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia), which recently opened in Singapore’s information technology compound.

Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of ReCAAP and its centre. The centre has made a significant contribution to the efforts of Asian counties to counter piracy and armed robbery in the region and has established a good model for other regions to establish similar mechanisms to share vital information on piracy incidents. During my visit,  I was accompanied by Mr Andrew Tan, CEO of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), and took the occasion to congratulate Mr Yasuhisa Endo, Executive Director of ReCAAP-ISC, and his staff for the their excellent efforts to promote maritime security and the safety of international shipping in this region.

With the strong support of the host country, Singapore, ReCAAP-ISC is exploring its future possibilities in the field of maritime security, not only in the region but also in a global context. By transforming itself into a centre of excellence for the world, it could continuously provide shipping with the vital real-time security information that will be essential for sustainable maritime activities in the coming decades.

I wish Mr Endo and his team all the best for their endeavours in preparing for the tenth anniversary year in 2016 and exploring the future of ReCAAP-ISC.



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