anti-piracy shared interest, the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating
Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing
Centre and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) signed a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU) on July 24, 2017 in London to boost the fight against
piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
The MOU will
see the Information Sharing Centre of ReCAAP, the first regional
government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against
piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia, and OCIMF, the foremost
authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers,
terminals and offshore support vessels, cooperate to safeguard the interests of
ships and seafarers operating in Asia.
will join hands to promote the partnership between governmental organisations
and the shipping industry for the betterment of maritime safety by sharing
information, best practices and expertise. The signing of the MOU builds on an
existing collaborative relationship between ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre
In late 2015,
ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and OCIMF, as well as other stakeholders
formed a working group to develop a comprehensive guide for shipowners and
seafarers operating in Asian waters. “The Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and
Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia,” a direct result of this working group,
was published in February 2016 and has been disseminated broadly.
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. 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,” said Masafumi Kuroki,
Executive Director of ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre.
“OCIMF is an
international organisation focused on safety, security and environmental issues
affecting the oil shipping industry. We have common values with the ReCAAP
Information Sharing Centre to keep seafarers safe and the maritime highways
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’s Director, Andrew Cassels.