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Wednesday, October 17, 2018


Last week INTERTANKO representatives, Mr. Takaaki Tamura, Managing Director of Iino Kaiun Kaisha Ltd. and Vice-Chairman of the INTERTANKO Asian Regional Panel, Mr. Alan Chan Chairman of Petroships and Minerva Alfonso, INTERTANKO's Asia Representative met senior Japanese officials in Tokyo to exchange views and ideas with regard to the issue of combating piracy and armed robbery against ships.

A presentation was given of the INTERTANKO Statement on Piracy and recommendations to governments as approved by the Council in Sydney as well as the plan of action tabled by the INTERTANKO Asian Panel and endorsed by the Council in Athens.

It was agreed that international cooperation was needed as piracy was a transnational crime seen as a threat not only to the Japanese fleet but to the entire Asian region. An update was given on Japan's initiatives including the Tokyo Appeal, the bilateral agreements made, the joint exercises carried out with Malaysia and finally the conclusions drawn at the 4 October meeting in Tokyo organised by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

A more detailed background was given on the activities, joint exercises and joint training with other Asian countries, which had been initiated by the Japanese coast guard, and whose objective had also been to build regional cooperation and closer relationships.

It was agreed that as the number of piratical cases was still increasing, it was necessary to explore a new approach and to consider developing a regional cooperation agreement for a more effective implementation of counter measures.