Other Activities

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.