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In Berbera, a maritime operations center opens

(Credit: EUCAP Nestor)
(Credit: EUCAP Nestor)

(BRUSSELS2) A “ operations center for maritime security was inaugurated at the end of May in Berbera, on the Somali coast, in Somaliland (1). The result of the work of the international community (UN / EU in particular to fight against piracy in the Horn of Africa. An effort in which the European Union has participated financially but also Belgium and the representation of Taipei (Taiwan) in Europe .

Objective: to secure Somali waters

The center will be used by the Somaliland Coast Guard. And foundation staff"Oceans Beyond Piracy" (OBP) will come as reinforcements at different times of the year. The objective is to strengthen " more and more " security in Somali waters "for maritime traffic" and to contribute to the fight against illegal fishing, piracy and other maritime crimes “, we tell EUCAP Nestor.

Operators trained by EUCAP Nestor

The staff at the center have been trained by Europeans from the Somalia support mission (EUCAP Nestor) and the EUNAVFOR Atalanta anti-piracy operation. Training focused on maritime communication procedures and the basics of maritime situational awareness and information sharing (Read: Training in Berbera for the Somali Coast Guard). This training should continue, in the long term, with mentoring sessions.

A well-equipped center

The new center has current equipment and systems. These include in particular high frequency (HF) and very high frequency (VHF) radios, as well as the maritime situation monitoring system, connected to the Internet, Sea vision. The center is solar powered, to maximize operational efficiency and reduce running costs. Internet is provided by the government of Somaliland. 

A model to follow

Although this is the first center set up in Somalia, it is not the last. The work for the opening of a second center " will start in fall 2016 announces the EUCAP Nestor mission.


(1) Autonomous province located in the north of Somalia which declared its independence in 1991.

Leonor Hubaut

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