Enhancing Maritime Domain Awareness and Developing Multi-lateral Strategy are key to Tackle Emerging Threats to Maritime Security

April 28, 2010

DUBAI, UAE, April 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — It was generally accepted that
the areas with the highest threat of pirate attacked are along the line from
the Seychelles to the Maldives and into the Mozambique Channel, but it is now
clear that the Arabian Sea is another area in which pirate attacks are now
occurring and that the zone within a triangle formed by Socotra, the Gulf of
Oman and the northern Maldives is now also a threat area.

The coalition of maritime forces is therefore more critical than ever
before to ensure security and stability in the region. The interception of
suspected pirates in the Somali Basin earlier this month was a good example
of what can be achieved with close cooperation between all maritime
stakeholders. The Sierra Leone-flagged tanker MV Evita was able to evade
attack by adopting industry recommended ‘best management practices’.
Commander, CTF 151, Rear Admiral Bernard Miranda, Republic of Singapore Navy,
said: “Today’s successful disruption operation was the result of close
cooperation and swift responses from many parties, including the merchant
ship MV Evita, the maritime organizations IMB and UKMTO, USS Farragut and the
EU NAVFOR Swedish MPRA. The pirates have become bolder and are attacking
ships further away from the Somali shores. This makes it even more important
for all stakeholders to play their role and work closely together to deal
with the piracy problem. What we witnessed today is a good example of how
this can be achieved.”

According to Hassan M. Eltaher, (Retired) Chief Marine Security Planning
at Transport Canada “physical and technical security measures in and around
ports, ships as well as territorial and international waters are a must to
ensure the security and viability of sea lanes and merchant marine interests.
However, without adequate and timely intelligence, the task of pre-empting
attacks or criminal activities becomes costlier and much more difficult.”

In the Middle East, the Combined Maritime Forces aim to strengthen the
region’s maritime capabilities and develop a multi-lateral strategy for
effective Maritime Security Operations. Enforcing regional and international
cooperation and collaboration is indeed a key factor in reducing the maritime
sector’s vulnerability. It is critical, however, to also enhance Maritime
Domain Awareness in order to better identify and overcome the increasing and
changing threats to the region’s maritime security.

IQPC Middle East’s Maritime Security and Surveillance Summit will provide
a platform for benchmarking regional maritime security and surveillance best
practices. High-level speakers from Royal Bahrain Naval Forces, United Arab
Emirates Navy and Coast Guard, US Center for Naval Analyses, Naval
Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping/NATO Shipping Center, UK Maritime Trade
Operations, Bahrain General Organisation of Sea Ports and Dubai Customs will
share regional and international maritime security expertise and technology

The Middle East Maritime Security and Surveillance Summit will take place
between the 30 May and 2 June at the Gulf Hotel Bahrain and Gulf Convention
Center in Manama, Bahrain. If maritime security is on your agenda for 2010
ensure that you join our panel of experts to enhance your knowledge on the
latest technologies and strategies available to combat threats to maritime
threats in the Middle East region.

Visit http://www.memaritimesecurity.com for updates.

About IQPC Middle East:

For over thirty years, IQPC has helped the world’s leading corporations
solve their business challenges through the sharing of practical industry
solutions and global best practice. In the process, the company has built a
formidable reputation for quality and value. The world’s most progressive
companies have benefited from IQPC’s unrivalled global reach, which has
connected international expertise with regional and local leaders.

    For more information please contact -

    Michaela Heidenfelder
    Marketing Manager
    IQPC Middle East FZ LLC
    Block 11 Office #111
    Knowledge Village
    PO Box 502397
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    Tel: +971-4-4331420
    Fax: +971-4-363-1925
    Web: http://www.iqpc.ae


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