The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre jointly¬†organised the ReCAAP ISC Piracy & Sea RobberyConference 2013 on 9 April 2013 with BIMCO,¬†INTERTANKO and S. Rajaratnam School of InternationalStudies (RSIS). The theme of the Conference was¬†‚ÄúCounter Piracy: Challenges, Responses and Lessons¬†Learned‚Äù.
The conference featured presentations¬†by distinguished speakers from the maritime and¬†international organisations, and an interactive discussion¬†between distinguished panelists and participantscomprising local government agencies, ambassadors,¬†representatives from local embassies, local and¬†international shipping associations, shipping companies¬†and research institutions.¬†The conference provided a platform for sharing and¬†interactive discussion between speakers and the audience.
It consisted of two sessions: Session I on ‚ÄúOverview and¬†perspective of piracy and armed robbery against ships‚Äù and¬†Session II on ‚ÄúCounter piracy efforts: challenges, responses¬†and lessons learned‚Äù.
Session I featured presentations by¬†the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Asian¬†Shipowners‚Äô Forum (ASF) and the ReCAAP ISC.
Session II,¬†for the first time, adopted the format of a discussion with¬†distinguished speakers who gave their thoughts on the topic¬†‚ÄúRegional maritime cooperative efforts to counter piracy¬†are successful and efficient‚Äù. The sharing and discussion¬†drew overwhelming comments from the floor.
The meeting concurred that concise, relevant, and timely¬†information is necessary to enable seafarers to better¬†appreciate the situation and therefore able to implement¬†relevant precautionary measures. No one agency is¬†able to do this alone.
In conclusion, noting that naval¬†efforts and enforcement agencies to counter piracy is¬†not a long-term and finite solution, self-help by seafarers¬†and ship owners in complying with best management¬†practices (BMPs) is the first layer of protection against¬†incidents at sea.