Asia’s piracy watchdog ReCAAP and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to boost the fight against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
The first regional government-to-government agreement, signed on July 24 in London, would promote and enhance cooperation against maritime crimes to safeguard the interests of ships and seafarers operating in area.
Both parties will join hands to promote the partnership between governmental organisations and the shipping industry for the improvement of maritime safety by sharing information, best practices and expertise.
The signing of the MOU builds on an existing relationship between ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and OCIMF. In late 2015, the parties, together with other stakeholders, formed a working group to develop a comprehensive guide for shipowners and seafarers operating in Asian waters.
“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,” Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, said.
“ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre’s deepening partnership with OCIMF represents our commitment to work with industry to support the safety and security of ship owners and mariners,” Kuroki added.