Increasing Maritime Security Efforts

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Bilateral efforts to guarantee increasing maritime security efforts through the agreement of Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan according to news. The agreement aims to highlight the importance of compliance with the rule of law governing the seas.

 Territorial dispute between China and other countries in the Southeast Asian region, mainly Vietnam and the Philippines are causing tension over the seas.

 Over this matter, Japan sees that the cooperation with Vietnam over comprehensive issues such as maritime security must be strengthened according to Kishida.

 Japan will aid in training maritime lecturers for Vietnam under an agreement between the Vietnam Maritime Administration and the Seamen’s Employment Center of Japan (SECOJ) signed in Hanoi.

 The annual training course is dedicated to four Vietnamese lecturers aged 25 to 50, who work for maritime training schools with at least one year of experience.

The Effect on Overall Maritime Security

 Maritime security primarily focuses on the implementation of pre-emptive action leading to prevention of intentional damage through rebellion, sabotage, terrorism on the seas, human trafficking, illegal weapons and narcotics, improper toxic waste disposal, and illegal fishing.

 Continuous maritime security efforts has led to a number of initiatives such as using armed personnel on ships, fitting vessels with a range of piracy prevention deterrents and even suggestions of private navies to combat the on-going threat from pirates making it a global effort.

 With all these efforts, seafarers should do something on their end. Maritime training on security will be handy to safeguard themselves and the ship as well. In accordance with the new 2010 provisions, all seafarers need to be trained and certified in security matters including the new anti-piracy actions from January 1, 2014. Consolidated Training Systems, Inc. one of the training school that offers maritime training in the Philippines.

 Today, more countries have established stronger maritime interconnection through market, technological, and information exchanges. It is apparent that maritime security, cooperation, and development are at paramount importance at this present situation.

 Progress in the marine industry cooperation will necessitate improvement in various aspects. It will require restructuring of the maritime industry operations triggering it to be on a global scale. Probable actions that should be taken include advancement on marine infrastructure, reiterating law enforcement efforts, and ensuring the security of marine pathways.

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