Pontus Marine

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Funding for Communications and Safety Centers along the Somali coast

Oceans Beyond Piracy and the Taipei Representative Office in Brussels have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a new maritime communications network along the Somali coast. 


(Medeshi)- Oceans Beyond Piracy and the Taipei Representative Office in Brussels have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to set up a new maritime communications network along the Somali coast.

Taiwan will contribute US$166,000 to establish Maritime Communications and Safety Centers in Bosasso, Berbera and Mogadishu, and eventually in Hobyo and Kismayo. These centers will be linked to regional information sharing centers in Mombasa, Sana’a and Dar es Salaam and be able to notify international naval forces of problems Oceans Beyond Piracy said the project is intended to “increase Somali ownership of their maritime domain and avoid dangerous misunderstandings between local traffic and international partners at sea.”
The centers will be working with the various international naval groups including EUCAP NESTOR and coordinate efforts with UNFAO, EUNAVFOR and US AFRICOM. Oceans Beyond Piracy, launched in 2010, is a program launched by the NGO, One Earth Future. It aims to cultivate a response to maritime piracy, through mobilization of stakeholders in the maritime community and emphasis on sustainable deterrence based upon the rule of law.
-MoFA