The MoU builds on existing cooperation between government-to-government centre ReCAAP and industry body OCIMF where both were part of a working group that produced “The regional guide to counter piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia” published in February 2016.
Under the MoU signed in London the two bodies aim to “promote the partnership between governmental organisations and the shipping industry for the betterment of maritime safety by sharing information, best practices and expertise”.
“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,” said OCIMF director, Andrew Cassels.
Masafumi Kuroki, executive director of ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, commented: “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.”
Small tankers have been a particular target for pirates in Asia in recent years hijacking vessels to steal oil cargoes.