French Navy signs anti-piracy agreement with Columbia Shipmanagement
Ship management and maritime service provider Columbia Shipmanagement (CSM) has signed a voluntary naval cooperation protocol with MICA Center (French Navy) to reinforce the security of its vessels operating in high-risk areas.
As explained, the deal was signed to strengthen the security of merchant vessels transiting through the South China Sea and the Strait of Singapore Malacca, passing through the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden, calling on West African ports and the Gulf of Guinea, or sailing in the Mediterranean.
Specifically, under the agreement, CSM vessels will have greater awareness and therefore protection from pirate attacks, hijacking, and maritime terrorism. In the meantime, the company will ensure the ships comply with Best Management Practice while also working in cooperation with the MICA Center. Furthermore, the ship manager will report any suspicious activities to the MICA Watchkeeper and contribute to safeguarding all vessels. MICA Center monitors worldwide security of maritime areas.
“The signing of a voluntary naval cooperation protocol with the French Navy ensures the long-term safety of our crew and our ships. CSM also provides additional levels of safety and security to mariners around the world by providing information to the MICA Custodian for their analysis. We are delighted to be working in collaboration with the French Navy to make our oceans safer for all.,” Demetris Chrysostomou, Managing Director of CSM for the Asia region / Group Business Development Director, said.
Commander Jérémy Bachelier of the French Navy, in charge of the maritime security in South-East Asia Seas (ALPACI) added: “Thanks to this agreement, the French Navy will work to ensure safer seas for CSM merchant ships. Working with CSM merchant vessels will allow us to gather valuable information and in return will allow us to contribute to greater finesse in the development of our analysis and recommendations in matters of maritime safety to all the shipowners, charterers and operators participating in this protocol. We look forward to working with CSM to ensure safer voyages for all international crews and vessels.”
The agreement came into effect on 16 December 2021 and is expected to provide additional security to more than 275 vessels, the company concluded.