Friday, February 4, 2011

Bangladesh Navy might be deployed in Somalia anti-piracy mission

PM offers Bangladesh's support to IMO
Staff Correspondent, BMF Defence News []

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has urged offered the International Maritime Organisation the nation's full support in the international arena on countering rising maritime piracy in the world.
In a meeting with the IMO Secretary General Efthimios E Mitropoulos she expressed her willingness to deploy a Bangladesh Navy Taskforce to counter piracy in and around Somalia.
This is the first time the Bangladesh government officially made any indication on deploying naval forces against foreign pirates.
Quite a number of Bangladeshi sailors and one large Bangladeshi flagged bulk carrier are being held hostage by Somali pirates since the past few months.
In addition, the IMO Secretary General has expressed interest to help flourishing ship building industry and ship recycling industries in Bangladesh.

Efthimios said IMO wants to provide modern training to the marines of Bangladesh.

The Prime Minister appreciated IMO’s role in developing and maintaining acomprehensive regulatory framework for shipping, in reducing emission from fuels in the maritime transportation sector, maritime safety, technical cooperation and enhancing efficiency of shipping

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