Between June 2nd and June 4th 2021, in Constanţa, in the context of the Black Sea 2021 MMO operation, a seminar - SAR Workshop 2021 - on search and rescue operations at the sea takes place, during which a complex exercise was organized. The Romanian Border Police participated in the exercise with means of naval mobility of the Coast Guard, including the flagship MAI 0201 "Ştefan cel Mare" as well as with unmanned aerial machines on board, provided by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).
Between March 31st and October 6th 2021, the Romanian Border Police, represented by the Coast Guard, together with counterparts from the Republic of Bulgaria, participates in the maritime operation "Multipurpose Maritime Operation in the Black Sea - MMO Black Sea 2021", organized by the European Agency for the Border Police and Coast Guard (FRONTEX), in cooperation with the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA), deployed in the area of competence of the Black Sea.
The objective of this type of operation is to ensure a high level of security of the European Union's external maritime border, by implementing multi-purpose operational activities - combating illegal migration, cross-border crime, illegal fishing and marine pollution, searching and rescuing people in danger.
Between June 2nd and June 4th 2021, the seminar - SAR Workshop 2021 - takes place in Constanţa - on search and rescue operations at the sea, during which aspects related to preventing and combating illegal migration, marine pollution, illegal unreported and unregulated fishing, as well as other law enforcement activities, were discussed.
Thus, on June 4th 2021, a complex exercise took place that put into practice the topics highlighted. The Romanian Border Police participated in the exercise with means of naval mobility within the Coast Guard, including the flagship MAI 0201 “Ştefan cel Mare”, as well as with unmanned aircrafts on board, provided by the Agency EMSA.
The activity involved a naval ship belonging to the border authority of the Republic of Bulgaria, an air force seconded by the Frontex Agency and naval means within the Saving Human Life at Sea Romanian Agency.
The exercise was also attended by representatives of the Service for Interventions and Special Actions within the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, as well as of the Anti-Terrorist Brigade from the Romanian Intelligence Service, based on the existing cooperation protocols.
The activities of the exercise consisted of detecting, identifying and detaining, with the aid of a means of air mobility, a vessel carrying illegal migrants on board, carrying out a mission to board the ship, rescuing persons in danger, and transporting them to a location established in order to perform the specific procedures in this case.
The exercise also consisted of actions in response to marine pollution, in cooperation with the Romanian Naval Authority, respectively of verification and control of fishing activities, in collaboration with the National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture, representing a very good opportunity to verify the implementation of cooperation plans concluded in this regard.
The exercise took place in the presence of the officials from the Frontex Agency, as well as national cooperation authorities from the Romanian Naval Authority, the National Agency for Fisheries and Aquaculture, the Romanian Agency for Saving Human Life at Sea, the General Staff of the Naval Forces, the General Staff of Air Force, ROMATSA RA, General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police.
In addition to successfully achieving the goal of the exercise, namely the training of forces to acquire a capacity to respond to the highest standards, the activity also demonstrated flexibility in action and a very good cooperation between European agencies and Romanian authorities and between forces and the capabilities of the Romanian state authorities, as well.
We mention the fact that the “Joint Operation Multipurpose Maritime Operation in the Black Sea 2021”, in which the Romanian border police took part, is financed by the European Union and coordinated by Frontex Agency, in cooperation with the European bodies EFCA and EMSA, and the responsibility for information of this press release belongs to the Romanian Border Police.