Monthly Archives: December 2016

EU and UN carry out maritime training with Somaliland Coast Guard

According to this article, on 3 December EU NAVFOR sailors, supported by staff from EUCAP NESTOR, carried out radar training in Berbera Bay, Somalia, as a precursor to an engagement the following day. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) assisted the EU in preparing for the radar training.

On 4 December 2016 EUCAP Nestor’s Head of Operations, Chris Reynolds, EU NAVFOR Force Commander, Commodore Rene Luyckx, and representatives from UNSOM’s Rule of Law and Security Institutions Group, hosted Somaliland representatives on board HNLMS Tromp alongside Berbera Port for the Joint Maritime Security Seminar (JMSS).

The JMSS, which was chaired by Somaliland’s State Minister for Security at the Ministry of Interior, Mohamed Muse Dirie, was an opportunity to highlight the importance of international cooperation and collective effort to strengthen maritime security in the Gulf of Aden, with a focus on the need for effective training, resources and infrastructure, backed up by a sound legislative maritime framework.

This was the first time that an Operation Atalanta warship has berthed alongside Berbera. The JMSS follows a series of engagements conducted in recent months by EU NAVFOR and EUCAP NESTOR in Mogadishu and Bosasso, where maritime security and the strengthening of Somali maritime capacities were discussed.

“The seminar is a sign of the progress being made to strengthen maritime security of the Somali coast. While Operation Atalanta was recently extended for two years, we will continue to work with local actors, like the Somaliland Coast Guard, to help fully restore their ownership of maritime security.” commented Commodore Luyckx.

Speaking during the seminar, EUCAP Nestor’s Head of Operations, Chris Reynolds said “An integrated effort by the international community is key to laying the foundations for a successful capacity building of security and justice institutions. Today’s seminar marks a step in the right direction.”

UNSOM’s Senior Security Sector Reform and Maritime Officer said “The seminar provided an opportunity to bring together Somaliland officials, their Coast Guard, and the international community to enhance technical-level joint cooperation and maximize the benefits of existing maritime mechanisms in the Gulf of Aden.”

IMO supports a project to increase maritime security awareness in Mozambique

According to this article, on 1 December a project to provide a single display maritime surveillance system for Mozambique has been commissioned and handed over to the country’s Government in Maputo.

The project, supported by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), is set to boost maritime situational awareness for all concerned agencies in Mozambique and enhance operational decision making and increase cooperation in dealing with maritime security issues.

The project, funded by the Government of Japan, provides maritime surveillance systems including the Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS), automatic identification system (AIS), and VHF radios with data link – creating an integrated system for the Mozambique National Maritime Authority (INAMAR), Mozambique Navy, Fisheries, and the Mozambique Maritime Police.

CRIMARIO: Inter-agency cooperation workshop in Moroni

From 30 November to 1 December, 30 representatives of Comoros bodies involved in matters of maritime security (ANAM, Coast Guards, Civil Security, Port Authorities, Fishery and Police) participated to a CRIMARIO workshop on the cooperation and coordination among different agencies.

The participants took advantage of previous experiences of neighbouring countries as Seychelles and Madagascar, which have already established coordination centres for crisis management and data sharing and analysis. European models (as the information sharing platform established by MSCHOA/EUNAVFOR) were also analysed and studied.

Mr Wahadi Madi, Comoros’ State Secretary for Transport, participated in the closing ceremony of the workshop.

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CRIMARIO aux Comores: un nouveau atelier de réflexion sur la coopération inter-administrations dans le domaine maritime

Du 30 novembre au 1er décembre 2016 , les administrations comoriennes impliquées dans l’action de l’Etat en mer (ANAM, Garde-Côtes, Sécurité civile, Autorités portuaires, Pêche, Police) ainsi que les sociétés maritimes se sont réunies en occasion du atelier de réflexion sur la coopération inter-administrations dans le domaine maritime animé par CRIMARIO en Moroni, Comores.

La trentaine de participants a voulu tirer parti des expériences des pays voisins comme les Seychelles et Madagascar (représentés à cette réunion) qui ont déjà mis en place des structures de coordination que ce soit pour la gestion des catastrophes (DRDM aux Seychelles) ou pour le partage et l’analyse des données. Les bonnes pratiques européennes (comme la plateforme d’échange d’information mise en place par MSCHOA/EUNAVFOR) ont également été examinées.

Mr Wahadi Madi, Secrétaire d’Etat chargé des Transports est venu clôturer cet atelier de réflexion.

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