Other Activities


 

Senior Commander’s Dialogue, 10th RMPP

On 9 Sep, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan presented on the topic of “Ever-Evolving Maritime Threats” at the Senior Commander’s Dialogue of the 10th Regional MARSEC Practitioner Programme (RMPP) conducted at the Information Fusion Centre.

Mr. K Natarajan (middle) presiding as one of the panellists at the Senior Commander’s Dialogue.

Dealing with piracy and armed robbery in Asia

On 8 Sep, RADM Matthew Sibley, Deputy Commander, Pacific Area, USCG and ReCAAP Governor for US visited the Centre and interacted with ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan. The Governor was briefed about ReCAAP activities and measures to deal with piracy and armed robbery in Asia.

Ensuring Safe Traverse of Seafarers in Asian waters

On 30 Aug, Mr Cheong Tae-seong, Director General, Ministry of Oceans & Fisheries, South Korea, visited ReCAAP ISC and interacted with ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan to discuss ways to ensure the safe traverse of seafarers in Asian waters.

Ensuring Safe Passage of Mariners in Asian Waters

On 16 Aug, VADM Pairote Fuangchan, DG, Naval Intelligence Dept of Royal Thai Navy visited ReCAAP ISC and interacted with ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan to discuss the safe passage of mariners in Asian waters.

 

Ensuring Safe Traverse of Ships

On 12 Aug, the Ambassador of Germany to Singapore, H.E. Dr. Nobert Riedel visited ReCAAP ISC and interacted with ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan to discuss ways to ensure the safe traverse of ships in Asian waters.

HACGAM 2022

ReCAAP ISC delegates with fellow participants at the HACGAM 2022 happening in India from 1-4 Aug.

 

Ensuring Safety of Ship Crew in Asian Waters

On 29 Jul, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan met with the Ambassador of Thailand to Singapore, H.E. Chutintorn Gongsakdi to discuss ways to ensure the safety of ship crew in Asian waters.

 

Minimising Piracy and Armed Robbery in Asian Waters 

On 28 Jul, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan met with the Ambassador of Cambodia to Singapore, H.E. Sok Khoeun to discuss ways to minimise piracy and armed robbery incidents in Asian waters.

 

Making Asian Waters safe for Mariners

On 26 Jul, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan met with the Managing Director of OCIMF, Ms. Karen Davis to discuss ways to make the Asian waters safer for mariners.


Visit to POCC

On 14 July, ED-ReCAAP ISC (left in foreground) visited the MPA’s Port Operations Control Centre that oversees vessel movements and keeps the Port of Singapore safe and efficient.

Collaboration and capacity building programmes for safe voyage of shippers

On 6 Jul, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan met with the Ambassador of Japan to Singapore, H.E. Jun Yamazaki to discuss about the importance of collaboration and capacity building programmes to ensure the safe voyage of shippers in Asian waters.

Collaboration and training to counter piracy threats

On 4 Jul, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr K. Natarajan discussed with Captain Kuniaki Takahashi, Commanding Officer, JCG Training Vessel “KOJIMA” on the importance of collaboration and training in relation to countering piracy and armed robbery threats in Asian waters.

Collaborating to combat piracy and armed robbery incidents

On 1 Jul, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan met with Superintendent General Park Jae Hwa, Director General for International Affairs and Intelligence, Korea Coast Guard to discuss ways to collaborate to combat piracy and armed robbery incidents in Asian waters.

Ensuring safety of vessels for smooth economic trade

On 29 Jun, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan discussed with the Ambassador from Lao PDR to Singapore, H.E. Sengkeo Pouangpadith on the importance of ensuring the safety of vessels so as to bring about smooth and secure economic trade for the region.

Collaboration in eradicating piracy and armed robbery

On 21 Jun, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan met virtually with Commandant OKUSHIMA Takahiro of the Japan Coast Guard to reaffirm the commitment and collaboration of both organisations in eradicating piracy and armed robbery incidents in Asian waters.

 

Enhancing the safety of SOMs

On 17 Jun, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan discussed with Senior Assistant Commissioner Cheang Keng Keong on ways to enhance the safety of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore for both seafarers and maritime trade.

 

Bringing about smooth traverse of maritime trade

On 15 Jun, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan met with CE of MPA, Ms Quah Ley Hoon to discuss ways to ensure safety of seafarers and to bring about the smooth traverse of maritime trade in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

 

Ensuring smooth and secure economic trade

On 14 Jun, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K Natarajan discussed with the Ambassador from Republic of Korea to Singapore, H.E. Dr Choi Hoon on ways to strengthen maritime security for vessels traversing in the region, to bring about smooth and secure economic trade.

 

Ensuring safety of seafarers and maritime trade

On 10 June, Ms Claire Rees, Commander of Australian Border Force met with Mr K. Natarajan, ED-ReCAAP ISC, to discuss ways to ensure the safety of seafarers and maritime trade in the region. Australia is one of 21 ReCAAP Contracting Nations.

 

Secure and free flowing maritime commerce in the region

On 8 Jun, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr. K. Natarajan interacted with the Philippine Ambassador to Singapore, H.E. Joseph Del Mar Yap at the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, to further strengthen mutual ties between ReCAAP ISC and the Philippines, in pursuit of a secure and free flowing maritime commerce in the region.

 

Safe and secure seas for all

On 30 May, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr Krishnaswamy Natarajan made an introductory call on Chief of Navy, RADM Aaron Beng, to discuss ways to collaborate and combat piracy and armed robbery incidents so as to achieve safe and secure seas for all.

 

Ensuring safety in Straits of Malacca and Singapore

On 24 May, Mr Krishnaswamy Natarajan (ED) with personnel from the ReCAAP ISC met the Thai Governor, RADM Wichnu Thupa-ang and his staff virtually, to discuss ways to cooperate and collaborate to ensure the safety for mariners and trade in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

 

Synergy in combating piracy and armed robbery

On 12 May, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr Krishnaswamy Natarajan made an introductory call on RADM Yong Wei Hsiung, Commander Maritime Security Task Force to discuss ways to strengthen synergy for the effective neutralising of transnational maritime crimes, with the focus on combating piracy and armed robbery incidents.

 

Ensuring safety in Sulu-Celebes seas and Straits of Malacca and Singapore

On 28 April, personnel from the ReCAAP ISC met with representatives from the Philippine Coast Guard to discuss ways to cooperate and collaborate to ensure the safety in the Sulu-Celebes seas and the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

Partnering with the Shipping Associations

On 27 April 2022, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr Krishnaswamy Natarajan made an introductory call on Mr Yuichi Sonada, Secretary-General, Asian Shipowners’ Association (ASA) and Mr Michael Phoon, Secretary-General, Federation of ASEAN Shipowners’ Associations (FASA)/Executive Director of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) at the office of the SSA.

The discussion focused on the ways that ReCAAP ISC might work more with the Shipping Associations to address the concerns of the shipping community and to ensure the safety of navigation for seafarers when traversing in Asian waters.

Visit to RSIS

On 21 April 2022, ED-ReCAAP ISC, Mr Krishnaswamy Natarajan made an introductory call on Ambassador Ong Keng Yong, Executive Deputy Chairman of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the campus of the Nanyang Technological University. During the visit, both sides reaffirmed the continued close working ties between the organisations.

Since the formation of ReCAAP ISC in 2006, both RSIS and ReCAAP ISC have been collaborating at various fronts in the mission of combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia. These have included the organisation of events that featured speakers from RSIS at the Centre’s Piracy and Sea Robbery Conferences as well as the Maritime Roundtable 2018 as well as the collaboration in projects like the recent updated Regional Guide 2 to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia.