While piracy is reactivating off the coast of Somalia (3 attacks in a few weeks), the IOC MASE program continues its federating efforts to promote maritime security in the western Indian Ocean basin. Through its 5th Steering Committee meeting at the beginning of the month in Mauritius, the MASE (Regional Program for the Promotion of Maritime Safety in the Western Indian Ocean Basin) program initiated and implemented by IOC The Indian Ocean), was able to take stock of the mobilization of its various partners and the progress of its activities. Maritime insecurity is a major issue for the southern Indian Ocean, with its major trade routes.

“The added value of the MASE program, funded by the European Union, is that it focuses on all aspects of maritime safety and security,” said Hamada Madi, IOC Secretary General. (…)