Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has extended its collaboration with the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) to continue its efforts to fight maritime piracy within the region.
ADPC and the UKMTO, which is made up of serving UK Royal Naval personnel, International and Merchant Navy Liaison Officers, recently invited industry and other related organisations to the Maritime Information Exchange Vessel Operators Meeting (Mievom) which was held recently at the ADPC headquarters at Zayed Port.
For the first time, Mievom was hosted by ADPC and took place in Abu Dhabi. Maritime professionals from the GCC region and Asia attended the meeting which had been organised to update the local shipping industry on piracy issues and offered all participants the opportunity to exchange ideas and views on counter piracy and security related matters.
In addition to hosting the meeting, ADPC has agreed to further support the work of the UKMTO and enable its personnel to deliver valuable counter piracy briefings for vessels calling at ADPC ports.
Already permitted to work in Zayed Port, ADPC has now decided, with the container terminal operator – Abu Dhabi Terminals – that the UKMTO can extend its work to cover ships in Khalifa Port.
The initiative offers comprehensive briefings on the Best Management Practices (BMP) to counter piracy attacks, as recommended by the International Maritime Organisation.
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