Maritime Security Strategy Project Handover

Maritime Security Strategy Project Handover

Maritime Security Strategy Project Handover 2021

BDF Media Release| 25 October 21

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Today is a good day.  We are happily bringing to conclusion a very worthy project with the handing over of the national maritime strategies for the seven Member States of the Regional Security System and an overarching regional strategy. 

Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean States share not only historical commonalities but also economic and cultural and in several instances familial ties.  The physical and geographical closeness of our islands and shared maritime space also means that we have shared security challenges such as transnational organised crime to include drugs and weapons trafficking.

These shared challenges, dictate that cooperation and information-sharing between the RSS Member States is essential for maximising maritime and port security by essentially multiplying the capabilities and resources of anyone State.

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BDF Stock Footage: BCG Maritime Operation

BDF’s Capacity Increased In COVID-19 Fight

BDF’s Capacity Increased In COVID-19 Fight

BDF’s Capacity Increased In COVID-19 Fight

BDF Media Release| 19 October 21

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The Barbados Defence Force in its support to the national COVID-19 fight, received a donation of a Nissan Urvan from Courtesy Garage Limited. This donation will ably assist the BDF in its efforts to support the vaccination drive and patient collections. Chief of Staff, Commodore (Cdre) Errington Shurland, received the donation on behalf on the BDF.

During the presentation ceremony, Cdre Shurland mentioned that this donation gives testimony to the corporate and social-partnership needed to see the people of Barbados through this pandemic. He went on to state that, the vehicular asset will be placed into operational use immediately, to augment the logistical requirements in the management and maintenance of the public health threat.

Anthony Ali, Managing Director of Courtesy Garage, said that the company was proud to join the national effort in the fight against COVID-19. He went on to mention that this donation was successful through the support of partnering companies. They were, Hanschell Inniss Limited (Ltd), McBride Caribbean Ltd, Goddard Enterprises Ltd, HIPAC Ltd, Marshall Trading Ltd, Caribbean Label Crafts Ltd. Precision Packaging Incorporated, Goddard’s Catering Group, Ground Services, Purity Bakeries and Terrific Tiles.

Maritime Sustainability Through Joint Training

Maritime Sustainability Through Joint Training

Maritime Sustainability Through Joint Training

BDF Media Release| 8 October 21

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The Barbados Defence Force (BDF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and the Blue Economy, Division of Fisheries, recently concluded the Fishing Vessel Operations Course 2021. The course, facilitated by the BDF maritime unit, the Barbados Coast Guard (BCG), catered to participants from the BCG, the Barbados Regiment, Barbados Cadet Corps and the Royal Barbados Police Force. The aim of the Course was to improve and train on enhanced methods of fishing vessel operations, while coordinating inter-agency synergies, geared towards the protection and security of Barbados’ Blue Economy.  Subject matter covered but not limited to included; Crew Management, Safety Of Life At Sea, Voyage Preparations, Towing Drills, Communications and Maritime Law Enforcement.

Commanding Officer of the Barbados Coast Guard, Commander (Cdr) Mark Peterson in his Closing Ceremony remarks, stated that this course was a basis of what is needed to safeguard the island’s Blue Economy, particularly from a Macro perspective.

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He added that these efforts, assist the Government of Barbados to attain its national objectives and remains one of the most important purposes for interagency partnerships and existence. Cdr Peterson explained that maritime operations are currently being conducted in a volatile, complex and ambiguous environment, compounded by the global pandemic.

The BDF Fishing Vessel Operations Course highlighted the fact that in this multifaceted environment, inclusive of multiple stakeholders with common objectives, success is even more underpinned by the three (3) C’s; collaboration, coordination and communication. These courses and partner – agency training reinforces the commitment to reduce the inherent vulnerabilities of maritime security, to secure our blue economies are absolute for sustainable development.

This Course demonstrates that partner – synergies, augmented by coordinated training, indicates that all threats are not necessarily transnational in nature, but relates to any hazard that poses a threat or risk to the economic fabric of our country.