On July 8, the United States Embassy in collaboration with Campbell Shipping Company and Clipper Group Management co-hosted a reception at The Balmoral Club to commemorate the signing of a Counter Piracy Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the United States and The Bahamas Government. The MOU provides the international legal framework for prosecution of piracy attacks against Bahamian flagged vessels.
The U.S. State Department’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs Tom Kelly and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman led the U.S. delegation at the event. The private sector was represented by the co-hosts, Lowell Mortimer, President of Campbell Shipping, and Niels Jensen, Director of Clipper Group Management, Nassau. Both Mr. Mortimer and Mr. Jensen have committed to making counter-piracy efforts a priority in their respective companies, which was illustrated during the reception by a short documentary and presentation on piracy attacks.
Distinguished guests included Minister of National Security Bernard Nottage, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell, Attorney General, Allyson Maynard-Gibson and Minister of Transport and Aviation, Glenys Hanna-Martin along with other senior Bahamian government officials.
The event highlighted the continued cooperation between the United States and The Bahamas on security issues and offered a unique opportunity for public and private stakeholders in the agreement to meet and discuss issues pertinent to the memorandum from both perspectives. The U.S. Embassy is pleased to have partnered with the Campbell and Clipper groups in the celebration of the historic signing of the counter-piracy agreement.
Source: US Embassy
Rear Admiral John Korn, U.S. Coast Guard; Minister of State for Transport and Aviation, Hope Strachan; Minister of National Security Bernard Nottage; U.S. Chargé d’Affaires John Dinkelman; Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Fred Mitchell; Acting Assistant Secretary for Political-Military Affairs, Tom Kelly; Mr. Lowell Mortimer, President, Campbell Shipping, and Mr. Niels Jensen, Director , Clipper Group Management.