On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Etienne de Poncins, Head of EUCAP Nestor mission handed over scuba diving equipment and various materials for the Safety of Life at Sea, to the Chief of the Djiboutian Coast-Guard, Lieutenant-Colonel Wais Omar Bogoreh.The first batch that will equip totally up to 12 divers supports projects for training in diving and underwater criminal investigations supported by EUCAP Nestor mission.
The new equipment will significantly strengthen the operational capacity of the diving unit of the Djiboutian Coast Guard. Composed of self-inflatable lifejackets, buoys crowns and flares, consistent with international standards (SOLAS), the second batch is intended to enhance the safety of Djiboutian Coast Guard personnel during maritime patrols.
“We continue our excellent cooperation with the Djiboutian Coast Guard and are pleased to now deliver diving equipment that will improve the operational capacity and enhance the safety of personnel,” said the Head of Mission of EUCAP Nestor after the handover of equipment ceremony. “The fight against maritime crime and piracy in particular, are at the heart of our mandate and together with our partners in the countries of the Horn of Africa we move hand in hand towards the goal for a safer maritime space.”
The value of this new grant amounts to 45,000 euros. It should be followed shortly by the handover of powerful observation binoculars to equip the ships engaged in maritime surveillance missions in the sensitive area of the Strait of Bab el Mandeb, worth 25,000 euros.
EUCAP Nestor is a civilian EU mission, under the so called Common Security and Defence Policy, its headquarters is in Djibouti and that covers 5 countries from the Horn of Africa (Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Seychelles). The mission is mandated to assist the Horn of Africa countries and Western Indian Ocean to develop a self-sustainable capacity for continued enhancement of the maritime security, including counter-piracy and maritime governance.