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6TH REGIONAL MARITIME WORKSHOP : MASS RESCUE OPERATIONS (MRO) – TRAINING AND SIMULATION

9th – 11th April 2019
Kuala Lumpur , Malaysia

 

The 6th Regional Maritime Workshop – Mass Rescue Operations (MRO) was conducted in collaboration with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) also known as Malaysia Coast Guard. This time, the workshop was made possible with the training partners the International Maritime Rescue Federation (IMRF), GlobalSAR Sdn Bhd and Contraves Advanced Devices (CAD) Sdn Bhd

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Fig 1: First Admiral Dato’ Chin Yoon Chin (R) delivering the Welcoming Remarks

The Regional Maritime Workshop is being conducted since 2014 under the auspices of the Workshop on Managing Potential Conflicts in the South China Sea held annually in Indonesia. This workshop has been going on since 1998. In 2014, Malaysia started conducting the Regional Maritime Workshops with themes like maritime law enforcement (MLE) and maritime search and rescue (MSAR). MMEA being the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for MLE and MSAR has been the princple partner in these workshops.

To date, the following workshops have been conducted. 

  1. Maritime Law Enforcement “Pre-Service Training” Workshop
    9 – 10 October 2014 in Kuala Lumpur
  1. Maritime Law Enforcement “In-Service Training” Workshop
    16 – 17 April 2015 in Kuala Lumpur
  1. Maritime Law Enforcement “Specialist Training” Workshop
    4– 6 May 2016 at Contraves Advanced Devices Training Centre, Cyberjaya
  1. Maritime Law Enforcement “Practitioner Training” Workshop
    25 - 26 April 2017 in Penang
  1. Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) Workshop 2018:
    Comprehensive Approach To Address Illegal, Unreported And Unregulated Fishing (IUUF),
    17 – 21 April 2018 in Pangkor Island, Perak, Malaysia

Participants for the previous Regional Maritime Workshops were provided with certificates of attendance endorsed by MIMA and MMEA. For the 6th Regional Maritime Workshop, IMRF was invited as a collaborative partner with Global SAR to elevate the workshop series from certificate to Certification. This means participants would be MRO Certified by IMRF. 

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Fig 2: VAdm (Maritime) Mohd. Zubil Mat Som delivering the Keynote Address.

The Welcoming Remarks was delivered by the Director General of MIMA and the Keynote Address was delivered by the Deputy Director General of MMEA. Rear Admiral  Dato' Pahlawan Syed Zahrul Putra bin Syed Abdullah, Asst. Chief of Staff (Operations), Royal Malaysian Navy and Mr. Arumugam Subaramaniam, Director (Operation Division), Marine Department of Malaysia (MARDEP) were in attendance for the Opening Ceremony.

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Fig 3: Opening Ceremony Group Photo

The workshop was designed as classroom work which included lectures and group work for two days and an MRO simulation in CAD, Cyberjaya on the final day.

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Fig 4: Regional and Extra Regional Participants at the Classroom

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Fig 5: L to R – Mr Stein Solberg and Capt. Udo Fox (IMRF) and Capt.Martin (MIMA) presenting on MRO and Harmonisation of Aeronautical and Maritime SAR (HAMSAR) respectively.

The first day of Workshop was filled with classroom lectures and country presentation. These classroom lectures were designed to get participants up to speed with on MSAR and provide a regional overview on the readiness for an MRO event

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Fig 6: Some of the Country Presentation on MRO readiness

Day two consisted of purely IMRF syllabus in accordance with the Certification requirements. The class was divided into working groups to discuss on the gradual measures for MRO preparedness.

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Fig 7: Breakout Groups discussing Case Studies during the MRO Workshop

Day Three was focused on MRO Simulations. The scenario was around a Ferry enroute from Philippines to Singapore. Vessel has a major fire onboard and is flooding off the coast of Labuan. SAR is activated and since the SAR ability of the state is inadequate to handle the Mass Rescue, a regional MRO is activated.

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Fig 8: Capt. Zahari Jamian RMN (R) from CAD delivering the Welcoming Address whilst Cdr Syed Noh is briefing participants before Simulation

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Fig 9: Simulation control and participants manning a “ship” in the cubicle

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Fig 10. Debriefing, Certificate Presentation and Closing Address by First Admiral (Maritime) Christopher David Dass

Overall, the 6th Regional Maritime Workshop – MRO (Training and Simulation) managed to achieve it’s objectives. Participants went home with the IMRF MRO Certification and a regional/extra regional  network of friends.  

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