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UKMTO: Recent Incidents at the Red Sea

The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) manages a Voluntary Reporting Scheme (VRS) covering the Indian Ocean, specifically the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Arabian Sea. This program, in compliance with the Maritime Security Chart Q6099, is administered by the Maritime Trade Information Centre (MTIC) under the jurisdiction of UKMTO in Dubai. To see the…

Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness in Kenya

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), in collaboration with US Naval Forces Africa, Denmark, and the CRIMARIO II project, facilitated a seminar on Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) for Kenya’s National Maritime Security Committee. The seminar, organized as part of the ongoing US-led annual Exercise CUTLASS EXPRESS, was hosted by the Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) at…

Four Strategic Priorities for IMO’s next 4 years

Mr. Arsenio Dominguez, the Secretary-General of IMO, presented the Organization's objectives and focal points for the upcoming four years, aiming to foster safer, more secure, and eco-friendly shipping practices. Addressing a press briefing at IMO Headquarters in London, Mr. Dominguez delineated four key strategic areas: regulating international shipping, providing assistance to Member States—especially Small Island…

RMIFC releases Incident report for Q4 2023

The Regional Maritime Information Fusion Centre (RMIFC) was established in Antananarivo, Madagascar in 2016 under the European Union’s Maritime Security Programme. The program aimed to address Somali-based piracy by uniting regional inter-governmental organizations in Eastern and Southern Africa to bolster maritime security. The center facilitates information sharing on various maritime security issues in the Western…

Steering Committee Chair commends Seychelles for rescuing hijacked Sri Lankan vessel

On 30 January 2024, the Chair of the Steering Committee to the Djibouti Code of Conduct and its Jeddah Amendment rendered high praise to the Seychelles Defence Forces (SDF) and Coast Guards successfully regaining control of a hijacked Sri Lankan vessel from armed Somali pirates, aboard vessel Topaz. His congratulatory statement follows Seychelles President Ramkalawan's…