On July 24, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in London, to boost the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
The cooperation aims to safeguard the interests of ships and seafarers operating in Asian seas, the busiest seas in the world. Both parties will join hands to promote the partnership between governmental organisations and the shipping industry for the betterment of maritime safety by sharing information, best practices and expertise.
“Over the past few years, the incidences of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia have gradually declined. Continued vigilance and engagement with stakeholders are essential in safeguarding the interests of ships and seafarers operating in Asia” said Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre.
The signing of the MOU builds on an existing collaborative relationship between ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and OCIMF. In late 2015, ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and OCIMF, as well as other stakeholders formed a working group to develop a comprehensive guide for shipowners and seafarers operating in Asian waters. “The Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia,” a direct result of this working group, was published in February 2016 and has been disseminated broadly.
“In today’s uncertain world, industry must work collaboratively and support governments in protecting our vital interests ensuring global trade can be safely conducted. This memorandum of understanding acknowledges the importance of that relationship,” said OCIMF’s Director, Andrew Cassels.