ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) and World Maritime University (WMU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the cooperation in increasing the knowledge of the evolving situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
The cooperation will see ReCAAP ISC sharing its Asian experience in combating piracy and armed robbery against ships with the next generation of maritime leaders pursuing their postgraduate studies at WMU’s campus in Malmö, Sweden, and in turn host visiting students of WMU at ReCAAP ISC on their field studies to Singapore.
The partnership is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda, in particular Goal 4 focused on education, Goal 7 related to energy, Goal 8 regarding decent work and economic growth, and Goal 16 promoting peaceful societies. Masafumi Kuroki, Executive Director of ReCAAP ISC, stated:
In 2015, ReCAAP ISC delivered the first lecture to students at WMU. Since then, both organisations 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.
Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President of the World Maritime University, added:
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.