Pacific officials in search training

THE Australian Border Force has conducted a vessel search course with customs and immigration officers from several Pacific nations aimed at enhancing regional maritime security.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 11 December 2017
  • 04:55
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Pacific officials in search training

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The ABF says the training focused on undertaking effective risk assessments and how to board and safely search suspect vessels for smuggled drugs, weapons and other goods.
 
Funded through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's International Border Cooperation Program (IBCP), the course prepares participants to conduct a search of a merchant vessel, a pleasure craft or a fishing vessel and their onboard areas such as decks, galleys, bridges and engine rooms.
 
"In the last two years, the ABF has helped intercept a number of small and medium vessels attempting to smuggle illicit narcotics aboard. This includes Australia's biggest cocaine interception of 1.4 tonnes concealed in a yacht in January this year.
 
"The ABF continues to target all of the different methods criminals try to use to illegally import drugs and other illicit goods into Australia, including the use of small craft vessels across the South Pacific," the ABF said.
 
In 2017-18, the IBCP plans to deliver 50 training activities to participants from around 43 countries in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions across a number of disciplines such as document examination, intelligence analysis and X-Ray image analysis.

 

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