Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has extended its collaboration with the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) to continue its efforts to fight maritime piracy within the region.
ADPC and the UKMTO, which is made up of serving UK Royal Naval personnel, International and Merchant Navy Liaison Officers, recently invited industry and other related organizations to the Maritime Information Exchange Vessel Operators Meeting (MIEVOM) which was held at the ADPC headquarters at Zayed Port.
Maritime professionals from the GCC region and Asia attended the meeting which had been organized to update the local shipping industry on piracy issues and offered all participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and views on counter piracy and security related matters.
Already permitted to work in Zayed Port, ADPC has now decided, with the container terminal operator – Abu Dhabi Terminals – that the UKMTO can extend its work to cover ships in Khalifa Port.
The initiative offers comprehensive briefings on the Best Management Practices (BMP) to counter piracy attacks, as recommended by the International Maritime Organization.
“Despite the fact that piracy has reached a five year low, it remains a serious threat in our waters and we advocate all measures to fight it”, said Abdulkareem Al Masabi, VP Khalifa Port, ADPC, during MIEVOM. [08/04/14]