After a long COVID-19 shutdown and interruptions across the world, Bosaso Port Maritime Police Unit and EUCAP Field Office Garowe were pleased with the opportunity to re-establish face-to-face contacts and training.
EUCAP Field Office Garowe advisors have resumed their frequent travels to Bosaso to train and build capacities of the Maritime Police Unit. One such week-long training was held by EUCAP team last week, led by Coast Guard Advisor Lanfranco Amicarelli.
Taking place at the Ministry of Maritime Transportation and Ports, Maritime Crime Prevention (MoMTP&MCP) premises, the training was aimed at laying the groundwork for supporting activities such as navigation, Maritime Police – Port Authority information exchange, Operation Room improvement, and technical support for existing assets.
The navigation and charting course took place in BP-MPU Headquarters between the 11th and 17th of October drawing a total of 15 participants, including three BP-MPU officers from the Command Group, six Patrol Boat crew members, and six Operation Room operators. The Commander of BP-MPU Colonel Mohamed Hashi also attended the course providing leadership to his team.
Navigation and charting skills will add to the operational capability of the BP-MPU and aid in the fight against maritime crimes, in line with Somalia‘s blue economy development objectives and EUCAP’s mandate in making sure this is supported.
Mr. Adbimajid Samatar Mohamud, Director-General of the Ministry of Maritime Transportation and Port and Abdirahman Ali Filfiil, Director of Maritime Crime Prevention, welcomed the EUCAP Team. Apart from the training, the parties agreed on a new, more intensive presence of EUCAP in Bosaso, where the Mission is supporting the maritime security sector by training and mentoring.