Indian Ocean removed from list of high risk areas – Taarifa Rwanda

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has removed the Indian Ocean from the High Risk Area (HRA) list, signifying a major trade boost for the wider East African region.

The decision was communicated during the 106th session of the Maritime Safety Committee of the International Maritime Organization in London, the United Nations agency responsible for maritime transport safety and security, by the BMP-5, which consists of the five largest global shipping industry associations.

“The shutdown will significantly boost trade and remove the cloud of security that has hung over the region for more than a decade,” Kenya’s High Commissioner to the UK and Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organization said. Amb. Manoah Esipisu.

An analysis conducted by BMP-5 and the IMO Secretariat, and recent security developments have indicated that there is a decrease in the number of incidents of piracy and armed robbery in the region. 22% globally compared to the same period last year.

The maritime associations are the International Association of Dry Cargo Ship Owners (INTERCARGO), the International Association of Independent Tank Owners (INTERTANKO), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and Oil Companies International (BIMCO).

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