The 11th annual meeting of the V-RMTC & T-RMN ( Virtual Regional Maritime Traffic Centre & Trans-Regional Maritime Network) communities took place in Rome on the days 17th and 18th of November, 2015.
A total of 43 countries attended this meeting, 30 of them were representing members states and the other 13 are observers, potential member candidates.
The Permanente Cell of the European Maritime Force (EUROMARFOR), actually located inside the CINCNAV Operational Head Quarter under the command of Admiral Filippo Foffi (The Italian Fleet Commander and the Commander of EUROMARFOR), also attended this meeting.
V-VRMTC is an important tool, used by EUROMARFOR, to compile information for the Maritime Security Awareness (MSA) and to exchange the Recognized Maritime Picture (RMP) with the countries of the south border of the Mediterranean during the Multicooperative Exercises.
The information generated by V-RMTC is fundamental for the Maritime Security, the Navies exchanges per year more than 7 million messages with a fusion center, located at the Italian Navy Fleet Command (CINCNAV), from where they receive a wide panorama (RMP) of the ships at sea.
The community is growing every year and has now a global dimension, overcoming the concept of the V-RMTC Wider Mediterranean Region (Mediterranean and approaches). It is now a “Global Maritime Trusted Information Network” assuring to a Trans-Regional Maritime Network (T-RMN) information for Maritime Security Awareness. There are two main areas very active outside the Mediterranean area, one in the South America, centred in Brazil, and another one in the Southwest Asia, centred in Singapore.
This exchange of information is vital to Maritime Security Awareness and after for Maritime Security Operations (MSO) conducted by Navies. Thus, it is huge contribution to the growth and prosperity for most of our countries, that depend on the accessibilities, security, good ecological status and respect for international law at sea to ensure the economic development, the free trade, passenger’s transportation, energy and marine resources exploitation, fisheries and aquaculture, tourism, and many other activities.