The Regional Co-operation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre and OCIMF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 24th July, 2017 in London to boost the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
The MOU will see ReCAAP and OCIMF co-operate to safeguard the interests of ships and seafarers operating in Asia.
Both parties will jointly promote the partnership between governmental organisations and the shipping industry for the betterment of maritime safety by sharing information, best practices and expertise, OCIMF said.
The signing of the MOU builds on an existing relationship between ReCAAP and OCIMF. In late 2015, they and 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,' was published as a direct result of this working group in February, 2016.
The guide was produced by ReCAAP, OCIMF, Asian Shipowners’ Association, Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations, Information Fusion Centre, INTERTANKO, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the Singapore Shipping Association.
“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. ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre’s deepening partnership with OCIM
F represents our commitment to work with industry to support the safety and security of ship owners and mariners,” said Masafumi Kuroki, ReCAAP’s executive director.
OCIMF’s director, Andrew Cassels, said; “OCIMF is an international organisation focused on safety, security and environmental issues affecting the oil shipping industry. We have common values with the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre to keep seafarers safe and the maritime highways secure.
“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,” he said.