Norway Supports Improvements of Security in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore

The Norwegian Ministry of Trade & Industry has granted one million Norwegian kroner to the UN International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to be used in projects relating to anti-piracy and training of seafarers.

-It is very important to protect seafarers in areas exposed to piracy, said Minister of Trade and Industry Trond Giske.

About 300 000 Norwegian kroner will be used to improve security in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. Support will also be given to the anti-piracy work in Western Africa and to projects related to the introduction of the new IMO convention on training of seafarers.  The negotiations on this are due to be completed in Manila at the end of June.

-The IMO has a special focus this year on seafarers through the ‘Year of the seafarers’ campaign and our projects are clearly focused on this.  Shipping is dependent upon competent crews.  A new and updated convention on, amongst other things, the training of crew is an important contribution in this regard, states Minister Giske.

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