ReCAAP, Piracy & Sea Robbery Conference 2013 – ‘Counter Piracy: Challenges, Responses and Lessons Learned’

Source: ReCAAP

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 “Counter Piracy: Challenges, Responses and Lessons Learned”.

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 “Overview and perspective of piracy and armed robbery against ships” and Session II on “Counter piracy efforts: challenges, responses and lessons learned”.

Session I featured presentations by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the Asian Shipowners’ 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 “Regional maritime cooperative efforts to counter piracy are successful and efficient”. 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.

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