World Maritime University Collaborates Against Piracy

Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of World Maritime University and Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC sign a Memorandum of Understanding. Image courtesy of ReCAAP.

The ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and the World Maritime University (WMU) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further collaborate on knowledge sharing around the areas of piracy and sea robbery in Asia.

ReCAAP (The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia) is a regional government-to-government agreement that promotes and enhances cooperation against piracy in the Asia region — consisting of 20 member states across Asia and Europe and including America and Australia.

The new partnership between the organizations will involve ReCAAP ISC sharing its experience combatting piracy and armed robbery in Asia with the postgraduate students at WMU’s campus in Malmö, Sweden.

ReCAAP ISC will also host postgraduate students at the WMU during their field studies to Singapore.

Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC, Masafumi Kuroki, said: “In 2015, ReCAAP ISC delivered the first lecture to students at WMU.

“Since then, both organizations have had useful mutual exchanges in the promotion of maritime safety and security as a vital topic for maritime leaders.

“ReCAAP ISC highly appreciates WMU’s shared interest in having their students gain a better appreciation of the piracy and sea robbery situation in Asia, and this MOU provides a framework to deepen our mutual cooperation.”

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Mr. Masafumi Kuroki presents a memento of appreciation to Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry. Image courtesy of ReCAAP.


President of the World Maritime University, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, commented: “The threat posed by piracy and armed robbery against ships has been a focus of the IMO’s agenda from the early 1980s until today.

“This MoU with ReCAAP will advance the University’s commitment to supporting IMO’s work and strengthen our mutual effort with ReCAAP in fighting piracy at sea in Asia.

“The expertise shared by ReCAAP will inform maritime security research at the University as well as educate future maritime leaders from around the globe.

“It also follows on the heels of the ILO’s recent adoption of Amendments to the MLC, 2006 providing for seafarers to continue to be paid if held captive as a result of piracy or armed robbery against ships, an important milestone in protecting the rights of seafarers.”

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