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India gifts patrol vessel to Maldives Coast Guard

 On Wednesday, December 4, India gifted the indigenously made patrol vessel CGS Kaamiyaabu to the Maldives National Defense Coast Guard, in order to enhance maritime security in the the Indian Ocean archipelago. It is said that the vessel will be manned by eight Maldives personnel which will be trained in India other than establishing maritime security in the region, it aims to foster its blue economy and safeguard its tourism industry. The initiatives were formally announced during the past year and were launched through a video conference, earlier this week.

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Workshop to promote counter-terrorism treaties in South and South-East Asia

IMO and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), IMO security and counter-terrorism treaties, such as SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the suppression of unlawful acts (SUA) instruments, conducted a cross-regional workshop in Bali, Indonesia to support the implementation of the treaties in South and South-East Asia for terrorist attacks. The workshop took place on 5 to 8 of February. 

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AMSA issues notice re changes to the Australian Ship Reporting System

AUSREP - Changes to come into effect on July 1st The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) issued a notice announcing changes to the Australian Ship Reporting System (AUSREP). The changes incorporate the Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology into AUSREP and come into effect on 1 JulyThe purpose of this Marine Notice is to tell mariners about changes to the Australian Ship Reporting System (AUSREP) established by Marine Order 63(AUSREP) (MO 63) to take effect on 1 July 2012.AUSREPAUSREP is a ship reporting system designed to contribute to safety of life at sea and is operated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) through the Australian Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) in Canberra. Consistent with Australia's obligations under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), MO 63 provides a system for the reporting of the movement, or intended movement, of ships within the Australian ship reporting area (AUSREP area).Amendments to AUSREP AMSA is in transition from AUSREP to a Modernised Australian Ship Tracking and Reporting System (MASTREP) through Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology, which automates ships' positional reporting, increasing the timeliness and accuracy of data, covering a much larger area and numberof ships operating within the Australian ...

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Maldives warns of new dangers of piracy lurking close

New piracy threat for the Indian Ocean Maldives yesterday warned of new dangers lurking close to the Indian Ocean atolls with the rapid spread of Somali piracy."These threats have now come to our close proximity," the country's Defence Minister Mohammad Nazim said as he flagged off the first ever India, Maldives and Sri Lanka Coast Guards trilateral exercises off the island."We live by selling dreams of tranquility and even a small incident in our territory could have devastating implications for the region," he declared. Nazim said Maldives had "never been" and "will never be a safe haven for terrorism". He said the group of islands had enjoyed peace and tranquility for ages, adding "we want to ensure it stays like that".He said his country will neither "harbour" or "tolerate" terrorists and extremists on its soil.Describing the joint exercise as timely, Nazim said that a collaborative approach in combating maritime threats was the right response to them. Nazim lauded India, saying it has "always been a close ally and has played a key role in training and equipping MNDF Coast Guard to its current level". Six warships are taking part in the five-day exercises code named 'Dosti XI'.Indian Coast Guard ships ...

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