Coastguard training essential to tackle piracy in SE Asia

Singapore: Effective training and mentoring for coastguards in southeast Asia is essential in order to have control over territorial waters and economic zones, maritime security company Maritime Asset Security & Training (MAST) says.

“This is not just about Somalia. Coastal nations in other piracy-prone areas such as west Africa and southeast Asia are being encouraged to police their territorial waters and exclusive economic zones, and will benefit from mentoring in how to do so more effectively,” Gerry Northwood OBE, COO of MAST, said in a statement.

Coastguards need to be able to implement a “more sophisticated and layered application of maritime security”, MAST says. This includes utilising and integrating both air and sea assets such as surface vessels, helicopters and fixed wing surveillance aircrafts.

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