Executive Director’s Message

Greetings from Mr. Masafumi Kuroki

Welcome to the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ISC) website.

ReCAAP (the first government-to-government agreement to counter piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia) celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2016. From the initial 14 Asian countries, ReCAAP today has 20 Contracting Parties, including Europe (Norway, the Netherlands, Denmark and the United Kingdom), Australia and the United States.

ReCAAP ISC, as the information hub of ReCAAP, has made significant contributions, over the past decade, to combat these maritime threats through information sharing, capacity building and cooperative arrangement. To achieve our shared goal, ReCAAP ISC is working closely with our Focal Points (designated contact point of each ReCAAP Contracting Party), other governmental agencies, the shipping industry, as well as with our international and regional partners such as the International Maritime Organization.

While the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia has improved in recent years compared to the early 2000s, the threat against ships and seafarers is still present. We need to work together as no one agency nor State can combat the maritime threats alone. It is a “shared responsibility” of all the stakeholders.

As the Executive Director to helm ReCAAP ISC, my priority is to uphold the awareness and vigilance of the maritime community on the evolving trends and emerging threats by providing timely and accurate information and analysis, and to achieve the goal of becoming a “Centre of Excellence” in information sharing by 2020.

The ReCAAP ISC website is part of our efforts to enhance communication and engagement with our stakeholders. It has been newly designed to be more user-friendly, with useful tools and resources including our alerts and periodical reports, an interactive incident map, a tool of submitting incident report, our social media channels and updates on our activities.

We invite you to keep updated on the situation of piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia through our website, and to work together with us to make Asian seas safer and more secure for all.