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THECHAMBEROFSHIPPINGANNUALREVIEW2011–2012


concerns have continued to surround offshore platforms in the Gulf of Guinea. There is little doubt that violent attacks continue to proliferate here, although the model is very different from the pirate activity off Somalia. At least 27 attacks occurred although, owing to under-reporting, the actual figure could be much higher. Substantial regional progress has been made


during 2011 and the UK has strongly supported the efforts of the IMO and the Maritime Organisation of West and Central Africa (MOWCA), which has increased the integration of coastguard functions and improved coordination and information sharing. A particular UK initiative was the creation of a new Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre that will provide information to commercial shipping in the area from early 2012. A further positive counter-piracy development


was the accession of the UK to the long-standing Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery (RECAAP) against ships in Asia, based in Singapore. RECAAP was formed in 2006 and the UK’s accession can be welcomed.


Shipping Defence Advisory Committee The annual meeting of the Shipping Defence Advisory Committee (SDAC) was held in November 2011 in addition to meetings of the committee’s working group where the focus was primarily on


Somalia. Information sharing was further improved by the new National Maritime Information Centre and a new information portal is now in use by UK companies. The committee is co-chaired by the Navy


and the Chamber and provides an engagement programme promoting exchanges, liaison and training. During the year 53 liaison visits took place, of which eight involved transits of the Gulf of Aden and the piracy High Risk Area.


SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS


HAS BEEN MADE IN 2011 TO RECOGNISE THE NEED FOR A ‘COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH’ IN THE FIGHT AGAINST PIRACY, WHICH WILL TACKLE BOTH THE SYMPTOMS AND THE ROOT CAUSES OF THE PROBLEM


Dubai Maritime Trade Operations The UK’s Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) unit in Dubai remains a vital regional reporting hub for international shipping east of Suez and UKMTO Dubai has played a key role as the first contact point for shipping. Following the full-scale review of UKMTO in


2010, to optimise its performance, the size of the team has been increased with communications and IT upgraded. Overall, the industry’s opinion of UKMTO has been extremely positive. As a result of the review, the Chamber also introduced the first Merchant Navy Liaison Officer to Dubai in 2010 and continues to provide support through secondments from UK companies. The UK’s international reputation has been


enhanced by the performance of UKMTO in the Gulf region and by its role in the counter-piracy effort.


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