Bahrain: 6 October 2010: The General Organisation of Sea Ports (GOP) conducted a two-day regional training workshop for maritime professionals from Bahrain, Qatar, KSA and the UAE on the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) System at the Gulf Hotel on 5th and 6th October, 2010. The workshop was supported by an expert team from a UK-based company, Pole Star Space Application Ltd.
The aim of the workshop was to provide training and expertise to the regional maritime experts on how to utilise the latest advanced technologies to identify and track the location of ships within a radius of 1,000 nautical miles of the country’s maritime boundaries. Additionally, the trainees were educated on how to analyse the information provided by the LRIT System to ultimately help bolster safety, security and maritime search and rescue services for ships in and around Bahrain’s maritime boundaries.
Commenting on the importance of the LRIT training workshop, Mr. Hassan Ali Al Majed, Director General of GOP, said, “Bahrain was not only the first Arab country to fully implement the Long Range Identification and Tracking of Ships (LRIT) system, we were also among the first in the world. This inaugural workshop is part of the GOP’s overall strategy to further develop and continue the roll out of the LRIT system to the rest of the region. Not only will this benefit Bahrain in the long run, but it will also benefit the regional maritime industry, as well as ultimately helping to establish a Cooperative Data Centre in the region.
The significance of the information that is provided by the LRIT System is what led the GOP to sign an agreement with Pole Star Space Application, the company tasked with managing the Bahrain National Data Centre and communicating with other regional and otherl Data Centers, in June of 2008,” continued Mr. Al Majed.
Bahrain is a member of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and the GOP is committed and dedicated to fully and effectively implementing IMO sanctioned systems and standards to help further develop the global maritime industry. The GOP takes its role as the regulator of Bahrain’s maritime sector very seriously, and has signed a number of additional agreements SOLAS - International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, MARPOL International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, STCW- International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, to adopt international regulatory standards for safety, marine environment and others.
“At GOP, our efforts are focused on establishing a benchmark for excellence in the maritime industry, this effort is furthered by conducting workshops such as this one, which help to progressively strengthen our maritime capabilities and position Bahrain as a leading player in the maritime industry,” concluded Mr. Al Majed.