Seoul, South Korea for a two-day meeting to strengthen their collective efforts to combat piracy in Asia and review maritime safety The Focal Point Senior Officers’ Meeting (FPSOM) provided an update on the latest situation regarding piracy and sea robbery in Asia and shared best practices from participating agencies. Discussions also focused on common issues such as “timely and accurate information sharing” and “anti-piracy legislation.”A representative of the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) shared its expertise on anti-piracy legislation. As part of the programme, participants also had a dialogue with representatives from South Korea’s shipping industry. FPSOM was hosted by ReCAAP’s Korean Focal Point and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and co-organised with the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC). “From January to October 2018 there were a total of 70 incidents of piracy and sea robbery in Asia, representing five per cent decrease compared to the same period in 2017. However, there was a recurrence of an incident of abduction of crew in September in the waters off eastern Sabah, after more than a year of absence,” said ReCAAP ISC executive director Masafumi Kuroki. “The risk to the safety of maritime transport and well-being of seafarers in the region remains and the maritime community must be vigilant. ReCAAP ISC will continue to work closely with Focal Points and regional authorities to provide stakeholders with timely and accurate information and strengthen capability of Focal Points through capacity building activities such as FPSOM. The ReCAAP member countries represented at FPSOM 2018 are Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Myanmar, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. Source : Schednet
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