Krishnaswamy Natarajan

Krishnaswamy Natarajan

In a career spanning four decades, Mr. Krishnaswamy Natarajan is well-versed with the nuances of International Maritime Law and IMO Conventions aimed at ensuring Safe and Secure seas for the seafarers. As former Coast Guard Officer, he brings with him nearly 40 years of valuable experience in combating transnational maritime crimes especially Piracy, Armed Robbery, Drugs, Weapons & Human Trafficking. Mr. Natarajan became the Director General of Indian Coast Guard in July 2019. With a focused approach, he formulated plans for capability enhancement and capacity building by inducting state-of-the-art ships and aircraft to tackle the transnational maritime crimes. As the Director General of Indian Coast Guard, he shouldered various responsibilities of national and international stature pertaining to maritime security, maritime safety and marine environment protection & preservation. He was the Chairman of National Maritime Search and Rescue Board and the Commander Coastal Command responsible for ensuring India’s coastal security against seaborne terror attacks. He was also Chairman of National Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan and the Central Coordinating Authority for marine oil spill response in India. He is a firm believer that the emerging maritime challenges of present and future can be addressed effectively through a collaborative, cooperative, coordinative, and communicative approach. Under his leadership, new bridges of friendship and partnership have been established with the Coast Guards/Maritime Agencies of Asian Region. Under his guidance, the instrumental coordination with the stakeholders from port authorities and state marine police, resulted in the apprehension of perpetrators engaged in petty thefts in Indian port limits. In his former capacity as the Indian Governor to ReCAAP ISC since July 2019, Mr. Natarajan has a clear understanding of the functioning of ReCAAP ISC and the significant role it plays in combating Piracy and Armed Robbery in the Asian region. Mr. Natarajan, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC strongly advocates that trust and consensus building is vital in the decision-making process. He is of the view that while focusing on the core competency areas of ReCAAP ISC, would like to continue to analyse the emerging maritime challenges which have a nexus on Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships in Asia.

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ReCAAP ISC: The fight against maritime threats is a shared responsibility

Krishnaswamy Natarajan, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC, unveiled the latest statistics on maritime piracy and armed robbery in Asia, emphasizing that while there are no specific hotspots in the region, the Straits of Malacca and Singapore (SOMS) remain areas of concern. In light of this, he urges ship masters and crews to adhere strictly to best management practices and promptly report any incidents.

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