Singapore endorses ReCAAP ISC’s roadmap to fight piracy
Singapore has endorsed a roadmap to fight piracy and armed robbery at sea. Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will support the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) strategies as a Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing on piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia by 2020. The Roadmap was the result of several rounds of consultations and discussions amongst Governors, representatives from the Contracting Parties and the Shipping Industry. The Roadmap comprises among other things use of Data Analytics for ‘Insight of incidents’. Data from past incidents to establish the correlations of variables such as modus operandi, time and location, type of cargo/targets will be harnessed to provide useful insights to the shipping community. It also calls for more effective communications and outreach to increase the timeliness, relevance of information to the shipping community as well as profiling of ReCAAP ISC. Andrew Tan, Chief Executive of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and Singapore’s Governor to ReCAAP Governing Council, said, “In 2016, the threat of piracy and armed robbery against ships particularly in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore have reduced significantly. This is the result of concerted joint efforts by all stakeholders, including regional governments, industry and ReCAAP ISC." On Singapore’s part, MPA will continue to work closely with our enforcement agencies such as the Singapore Police Coast Guard (PCG) and the Maritime Security Task Force (MSTF) of the Republic of Singapore Navy to protect our sea lanes. MPA also continues to engage the regional and international community on piracy issues through the sharing of best practices and networking of contact points.