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Gillard Government Donates Maritime Radio Communication System to Indonesia to Combat Maritime Threats and Transnational Crime

Canberra, ACT (News4us.com) November 16, 2010

Gillard Government Donates Maritime Radio Communication System to Indonesia to Combat Maritime Threats and Transnational Crime

Gillard Government Donates Maritime Radio Communication System to Indonesia to Combat Maritime Threats and Transnational Crime

Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor today announced that Australia has donated a new maritime radio communication system to Indonesia to help it combat maritime threats and transnational crime.

“Maritime security is a regional concern and the Gillard Government is working with our neighbours to achieve the highest possible level of safety and security at sea,” he said.

As part of our partnership with Indonesia, the Gillard Government has donated $2 million for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), which starts work today.

“The new network will be put into action today with the opening of the first of four Indonesian Maritime Regional Coordination Centres at Karang Asem in Bali,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The VHF radio network provides more comprehensive reception of radio transmissions and can monitor maritime radio messages from anywhere within the archipelago.”

“With better monitoring, Indonesian authorities can deploy resources more swiftly and efficiently, potentially stopping crime and saving lives,” Mr O’Connor said.

“This $2 million investment will help combat transnational crimes across our region, including people smuggling, drug trafficking and illegal foreign fishing.”

The system will help identify legitimate vessels and mariners and assist Indonesian agencies to monitor vessel movements. Having reliable information about what people are doing on the sea is vital to effective border security and law enforcement.

Maritime security information gathered through using the new network will be disseminated to twelve Indonesian government agencies and Australian authorities, to help in the fight against maritime transnational crime and other threats to safety and security.

In addition to the standard radiotelephony function that allows verbal communication between mariners and authorities, vessels fitted with the new GMDSS equipment can send their unique registration number, name and precise location to the nearest Regional Coordination Centre.

The opening of the first communication centre in Bali today will soon be followed by other new centres in West Timor, Maluku and Papua.

“Australia and Indonesia are working together to protect and police our adjoining waters to ensure the safety and security of the people of both our nations,” Mr O’Connor said.

“The Gillard Government appreciates the efforts of Indonesian law enforcement and border protection agencies and we look forward to continuing to work closely together.”


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