Wednesday, 11 Dec 2019

Security, Law of the Sea Top Headlines of the 2nd Day of Saudi International Forum, in Riyadh

Riyadh, Under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, the second day of the Saudi International Maritime Forum (SIM2019), which was inaugurated on Sunday by the Chief of the General Staff, Lt. General Fayyadh Hamed Al-Ruwaili, in Riyadh, today's two-session started under the title: "The Concept of Maritime Security" and was moderated by the Deputy Commander of the European Union Maritime Affairs, and addressed by Rt. Admiral Ahmed bin Yousef Al-Mulla from Kuwait, Chairman of the Gulf Research Center Dr. Abdulaziz bin Saqr and Commodore Awadh bin Mashwah Al-Enezi, from the Saudi Border Guard, Brig. General Dean Bassett from Britain, Dr. Nick Child from the International Center for Strategic Studies, Lt. Col. Sven Schneider and Thomas Rodin of Lockheed Martin.

The session reviewed a number of issues including: a look at maritime security operations, maritime security from an academic perspective, the future of maritime security for the Gulf states, maritime security, in the Red Sea, strategic maritime security, patrol ships and securing strategic maritime lanes, challenges for maintenance and maritime supply and training.

For his part, the Head of the Gulf Research Center, Dr. Abdulaziz bin Saqr said that most of the crude oil exports from Saudi Arabia, Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq pass through the Strait of Hormuz, as well as other OPEC member countries exports which range between 20-30 oil tankers per day through the Arabian Gulf only, carrying about 15 million barrels of oil, at the rate of an oil tanker every six minutes, at peak hours.

The second session, entitled "International Law of the Sea", was moderated by retired Lieutenant General Ahmed bin Yousef Al-Mulla from the State of Kuwait, while Maj. Gen. Naji Al-Juhani of the Saudi Border Guard, Lt. Col. Ali Al-Zahrani of the Saudi Border Guard and Dr. Hani Al-Yami from King Abdulaziz University, Eng. Majid Kaaki from Aramco, Marine Engineer Mohammed Noah of the Seaports Corporation, Yasser Al-Owais from High Competencies Company and Major Tim Boyle from the US Navy, addressed the audience.

The session reviewed a number of issues, including: the legal status in the maritime areas, the legal basis for the process of maritime interception (boarding - search - and seizure), the security of ships and international ports - financial implications, marine pollution, the study of the status of international law, civil liability for damage to oil pollution, and the importance of Satcom Saudi Royal Navy System.

Speakers explained that the Ports and Ships Law is concerned with the basic procedures of ships, as well as recommendations and regulatory procedures, and there are 148 countries abide by this law and contributed to the provision of good services for ports.

Majid Kaaki of Aramco explained the company's role in responding to oil pollution incidents, as well as working with 14 government agencies on the oil spill, and dealt with the largest oil spill classified as the largest ever accident, in human history, in 1991.

On the other hand, the second day of the International Forum witnessed an intensive presence at the accompanying exhibition, attended by leading international companies to present the latest systems, technologies and equipment for the marine environment.

Source: Saudi Press Agency

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