THERE is an urgent need to curb the security threats in the Maritmes sector, Kenya Maritime Authority has said.
KMA director Nancy Karigithu said cases of piracy, terrorism, illicit trade and illegitimate exploitation of marine resources are a threat to regional economy.
Karigithu said the sector requires a coordinated security awareness and collaboration to counter security threats. Speaking during the just concluded workshop on Piracy Maritime and Awareness Risks in Mombasa town, Karigithu called for cooperation among Africa maritime organisations.
"Maritime cooperation is necessary in dealing with the increasing maritime threats," said Karigithu. We must join hands in bringing sanity in the sector," said Karigithu adding that KMA is ready to work with different organizations in ensuring marine safety.
Karigithu acknowledged Mombasa as having been identified for the launch of the Piracy, Maritime and Awareness Risks (PMAR) pilot project for maritime surveillance in the region. The project will be coordinated through the Regional Maritime Coordination Centre (RMRCC) whose system integrates data from vessel.