Launching of Maritime Security Charts

The Admiralty Maritime Security Charts covering the waters around India and Southeast Asia, including the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, were launched at the Shared Awareness Meeting held by the Information Fusion Centre at the Changi Command and Control Centre on 17 May 2013. Held in conjunction with the Fourth Maritime Information-Sharing Exercise (MARISX), the launching ceremony was jointly conducted by representative from Information Fusion Centre (IFC), ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC), Republic of Singapore Navy’s Maritime Security Task Force (RSN MSTF), and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO).

These paper charts provide a single point of reference for recording the most up-to-date security information and, taken together with the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office’s three existing security and piracy charts, create the world’s first suite of security planning charts.

They are designed to be used by ship personnel, shore-based managers and security specialists as a key voyage planning tool for recording the latest security-critical navigational information, and for plotting any sightings or incidents that could pose a threat to security, including armed robbery, embargoes, exclusion zones, illegal fishing and smuggling. They can also meet the routing and reporting requirements put in place by military or security forces.

launching ceremony

The ReCAAP ISC was involved in reiterating the IMO MSC Circular 1/1334 which urges vessels to report all incidents of piracy and armed robbery against ships to the Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC) of the coastal State and the ReCAAP Focal Points/Contact Point immediately.    The  chart also  displays  the  contact  details  of  the ReCAAP ISC and ReCAAP Focal Points/Contact Point which ship personnel, shore-based managers and security specialists can report to.

Mr Yoshihisa Endo, the Executive Director of the ReCAAP ISC, commended the excellent joint efforts in the making of these charts.  He remarked that, “I cannot emphasis more the need for all stakeholders to work together in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships.”

Reference & Image Credits: recaap

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