Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) and the Taipei Representative Office (TRO) in Brussels have signed a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow for the establishment of a new maritime communications network to increase maritime safety along the Somali coast.
The MOU was signed by Tung Kuo-yu, Republic Of China Representative to the EU and Belgium, and Admiral Sir James Burnell-Nugent, Senior Fellow at OBP. The partnership between OBP and the Taiwanese delegation was recommended by the European Union based on mutual desire to support Somali goals for a safer maritime environment.
The Maritime Communications Initiative (MCI) will initially establish Maritime Communications and Safety Centers in Bosasso, Berbera and Mogadishu, and eventually in Hobyo and Kismayo. These centers are focused on providing safety for local shipping traffic, promoting awareness of port management and de-conflicting with international naval forces, ultimately helping to establish localized maritime situational awareness along the Somali coast.
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