The Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP) Information Sharing Centre (ISC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sweden’s World Maritime University (WMU) to jointly fight maritime piracy.

Under the agreement, ReCAAP ISC will share its experience in handling maritime piracy and armed robbery on ships in Asia with the students pursuing their postgraduate studies at WMU’s campus in Malmö, Sweden.

ReCAAP ISC will also host the WMU students visiting Singapore on field studies.

In addition, the latest collaboration will support the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda, with a particular focus on education, energy, economic growth, and promoting peaceful societies.

ReCAAP ISC executive director Masafumi Kuroki said: “In 2015, ReCAAP ISC delivered the first lecture to students at WMU.

“Since then, both organisations have had useful mutual exchanges in the promotion of maritime safety and security as a vital topic for maritime leaders.

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“ReCAAP ISC highly appreciates WMU’s shared interest in having their students gain a better appreciation of the piracy and sea robbery situation in Asia.”

“ReCAAP ISC highly appreciates WMU’s shared interest in having their students gain a better appreciation of the piracy and sea robbery situation in Asia, and this MoU provides a framework to deepen our mutual cooperation.”

ReCAAP is the first regional government-to-government agreement that aims to encourage and strengthen mutual cooperation against maritime piracy and armed robbery on ships in Asia.

Formed in September 2006, ReCAAP currently has 20 member states, including 14 Asian countries, four European countries, as well as Australia and the US.

WMU president Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry said: “The threat posed by piracy and armed robbery against ships has been a focus of the IMO’s agenda from the early 1980s until today.

“This MoU with ReCAAP will advance the University’s commitment to supporting IMO’s work and strengthen our mutual effort with ReCAAP in fighting piracy at sea in Asia.

“The expertise shared by ReCAAP will inform maritime security research at the University, as well as educate future maritime leaders from around the globe.”

WMU is a postgraduate maritime university established in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).