In accordance with the Royal Directives of His Majesty the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Maritime Security Centre (MSC) was commissioned in 2013. The Centre conducted its operations since then till 2018 at its temporary location in the Head Quarters Royal Navy of Oman. In December 2018, the grand opening of the newly constructed MSC building in MAM Camp was celebrated. It is considered to be one of the highly important military monuments added to the series of achievements in the Sultanate during the glorious covenant of His Majesty the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces. The new building contains various fittings, systems and equipment needed to carry out roles and responsibilities assigned upon the MSC. There are several military, security and civilian agencies involved at operation level in the Centre that are related to maritime security.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
MSC is responsible for command and control of maritime security operations in the Omani maritime zone, provision of necessary protection of the ports / marine installations and coast line, fighting organized crimes and illegal trading, fighting piracy, sea environment pollution, hindrance of International navigation routes, maritime terrorism, global changing, sea conflicts, infiltration and smuggling, protection of fisheries, SAR and provision of assistance to sailing vessels in the Omani maritime zone. The MSC coordinates with the Omani concerned agencies of the maritime security. In addition, the Centre collects and analyzes received data. It also shares such data with a number of international maritime security agencies that are monitoring threats to maritime security.
MSC operates around the clock by an Omani crew from various military, security and civilian agencies that are related to maritime security. The Centre receives incident reports through several available means and channels in order to provide proper and rapid response to the incident. The crew monitors constantly and 24/7 the Omani Maritime zone through specialized systems and equipment in order to maintain safety and stability.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Unity of efforts of all related agencies to maritime security.
2. Provision of capabilities and facilities such as systems,
hardware, reconnaissance flights and marine vessels.
3. Drawing plans for action to combat illegal activities and any sort of organized maritime crimes in ports, installations and coastal line.
4. Take precautionary action that contribute directly in the protection of fish stock, natural resources and marine reservation.
5. Active response to environmental and humanitarian disasters by utilizing capabilities and facilities available in Oman.
6. Participating in the planning process of maritime crisis and disasters management in addition to the preparation of future scenarios of maritime risks.
7. Public awareness of the importance of maritime security and their cooperation to preserve marine natural resources of the Sultanate.
8. Monitoring and follow up navigation routes via the available systems, hardware and other resources.
9. Strengthening cooperation and information exchange with friendly and brotherly countries, in addition to international and regional organizations and agencies related to maritime security.
Following risks fall under the responsibilities of MSC:
3. Illegal immigration (infiltration).
4. Illegal fishing and overfishing.
5. Sea pollution.
6. Hindering international navigation routes.
7. Tampering and vandalism of oil installations.
8. Organized crimes, illegal trades and smuggling.