MSA MeetingWritten by Mark Sutcliffe
May 6th 2016
Written by Mark Sutcliffe
Oceans Beyond Piracy Report & Maritime Situational Awareness Meeting
3 - 4 May, London
The team at OBP have been hard at work. Not only did they deliver their annual State of Maritime Piracy report, but they invited CSO Alliance to a Maritime Situational Awareness meeting.
The OBP report stands on its own merits and all the details are on the OBP website and CSO Alliance platform, but what is clear is that significant risks remain for seafarers trading through out the world:
In all regions:
Seafarers Attacked - 5205
Held hostage - 108
Remain in Captivity - 41
Kidnapped - 44
People Killed in piracy attack - 23
Injured - 23
The goal of the Maritime Situational Awareness meeting is to increase the transparency and understanding of MSA initiatives in the Indian Ocean in order to ensure complementarity across programs, under consideration:
· The work of the CGPCS Technical Sub-Group on MSA, released in July, 2015.
· The EU DG Move - a sponsored report on global MSA conducted by the CLS Corporation.
· The SHADE discussion on lasting MSA requirements.
· Recent CRIMARIO and MASE program developments Mombasa Protocol.
· Progress and plans for Maritime Communications Centers in Somalia (Berbera, Bosasso, Mogadishu).
CSO Alliance emailed our CSOs for input to this event, as we were keen to see what level of understanding on these projects they may have.
Representatives from Government, EU, key military and the shipping industry and information sharing centres all focused on the needs of seafarers, what was the priority and what worked best. It was straight forward joined up thinking and a privilege for CSOs to get a behind the scenes view of events. Feedback from the meeting is in the CSO chatter article.
It may on first glance seem too high level for CSOs, but this collaborative approach ensures that all the risks to seafarers are considered every step of the way, and only effective solutions supported that clearly mitigate risk.
It is clearly a long term project and OBP are doing effective work in hosting and supporting this initiative.