Public Transport Authority (PTA) has confirmed that the Kingdom is at the forefront of the international scene in support of maritime safety and the security of the maritime transport environment through its great attention to countering the phenomenon of maritime piracy as its presence comes in line with its responsibility towards its coastline extending to 2,400 km on the Red Sea in the Kingdom’s west and extends 1000 km to its east on the coast of the Arabian Gulf.
The Authority explained in a statement that this global distinguished presence of the Kingdom is based on its membership in the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and its membership in the International Anti-Piracy Group and its task forces.
It said that the world is also witnessing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s continuous efforts to promote regional and international action to combat piracy in the region’s countries to achieve its interests and the interests of the neighboring countries, as well as supporting brotherly and friendly countries in confronting the difficulties associated with combating piracy and its grave crimes.
Considering the importance of supporting maritime security and safety, combating piracy and specialized maritime education, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia decided to support a number of international funds such as those related to the IMO, The World Maritime University (WMU) and the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI).
Concerning the Saudi initiated financial support support details, Public Transport Authority said that this funding was dedicated to the International Maritime Organization Technical Cooperation Fund with US $ 600,000. The Kingdom also supported the International Maritime University of Sweden (WMU) with US $ 300,000 and the International Institute of Maritime Law in Malta (IMLI) with US $ 100,000 .
PTA added that the Kingdom’s support extended beyond these reputed educational and technical institutions. The Saudi funding also reached out to support the International Trust Fund for international initiatives in the fight against maritime piracy near the coast of Somalia and for the prosecution and punishment of pirates with US $ 300,000 earlier this year.
Regarding the objectives of this support, H.E. Dr. Rumaih bin Mohammed Al Rumaih, President of the Saudi Public Transport Authority (PTA) emphasized that the Kingdom is proud of its partnership and cooperation with the International Maritime Organization (IMO). He also stressed maritime transport vital economic role locally and globally. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, according to Alrumaih, has affirmed this through raising the efficiency of human factor, organization development, security, safety, environmental protection and full commitment to global maritime laws.