The First Saudi International Maritime Forum opens to secure sea lanes

The First Saudi International Maritime Forum opens in Saudi Arabia
  • Saudi Arabia discusses, over three days, the challenges facing the security of strategic sea lanes, at the first Saudi International Maritime Forum (SIM2019) under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and the presence of speakers and experts from partner countries in maritime security and its technologies.

The SIM2019 is being organized by the Saudi Royal Navy Forces and will continue from 24 to 26 November 2019.

The commander of the Royal Saudi Navy, Lt. Gen. Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili

The commander of the Royal Saudi Navy, Lt. Gen. Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili said: “This meeting comes in light of the threats that the region is witnessing to the corridors and sea lanes, which require us all to work together to secure and enhance maritime security.

(The Importance of Securing Strategic Sea Lanes) was chosen as a title for SIM2019, which is a continuation of the contributions of Saudi Arabia in the promotion of international peace and security and the role of the armed forces represented in the Saudi Royal Navy Forces in cooperation with all concerned with the marine environment at the national level.

SIM2019 Objectives

SIM2019 comes after the recent Saudi move to develop solutions to reduce threats to international maritime traffic through the region’s sea lanes.

Especially after the attacks faced by the region, including, the attack on oil tankers (Amjad, Merzouga, Andrea Victoria, and Michel) in Port of Fujairah. The oil tankers (Frontier and Coco Corgius) in the Sea of ​​Oman.

In addition to the merchant ship (Sultan 2) that was attacked by boats north of the Bab al-Mandab Strait, and the merchant ship (Abqaiq- Arsan) south of the Red Sea.

The following merchant ships (Awtad, Makkah, Abha, and Manifa) were also harassed in the Strait of Hormuz, and the British merchant ship (Stena Impero) was detained while crossing the Strait of Hormuz.

For his part, Chairman of the General Authority for Transport, Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, said that the General Authority for Transport represents the maritime authority in Saudi Arabia, and the representative body of Saudi Arabia in the International Maritime Organization.

Saudi Arabia adheres to international maritime conventions

Therefore, we are keen to adhere to all the conventions issued by the Maritime Organization aimed at achieving a safe maritime navigation of ships and sea lanes frequented by these ships and within the borders of their regional or economic seas,

Saudi Arabia is also interested in participating neighboring countries to secure those lanes, the most important of which is the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea and the International Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts of 1988 and 2005.
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