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Source: Australian Customs and Border Protection Service

Maritime Border Command, a multi-agency taskforce within the Australian Border Force, and the Republic of Singapore Navy signed an agreement Monday, 23 September to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the sharing and protection of information related to civil maritime security activities.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognises the value of Australia and Singapore’s relationship and aims to facilitate information sharing concerning White Shipping.

White Shipping involves the sharing and exchanging of advance information regarding identity and movement of civil vessels. Civil vessels make up the bulk of maritime traffic, and many are vulnerable to being targets or instruments of illegal acts. Information sharing around White Shipping will greatly improve both Singapore and Australia’s abilities to protect vessels within our respective waters. 

Commander Maritime Security Task Force, Republic of Singapore Navy Rear Admiral (RADM) Seah Poh Yeen said that Singapore and Australia has worked closely over many years to ensure that our seas are kept safe and secure.

“The signing of this MOU reaffirms our close and long-standing ties and further strength our collaboration to enhance maritime security in the region.” RADM Seah said. 

Commander MBC, RADM Lee Goddard CSC RAN, emphasised the commitment to working with international partners to better support civil maritime security in our region.

“This agreement reinforces our already close relationship with Singapore and the knowledge gained further develops our capabilities.” RADM Goddard said.

“Australia and Singapore face similar civil maritime security challenges, and this agreement will allow our two countries to continue to build on a range of capabilities.” 

“This arrangement improves information sharing and collaboration and represents another aspect of Singapore’s strong relationship with Australia. It will jointly increase our ability to protect the vessels within our waters.” 

The Memorandum of Understanding is an agency level agreement between the Australian Border Force and the Republic of Singapore Navy. 

Media contact: Australian Border Force (02) 6264 2211