Horndiplomat-A Technical Maintenance and Equipment training course aiming at enhancing the maritime skills of Somaliland Coast Guard officers started in Berbera, Somaliland, on October 15th.
The activity, organised by EUCAP, is designed to provide fifteen officers from the Somaliland Coast Guard participating in the activities with skills enabling them to be successful in properly and effectively maintaining boats.
The participants will enhance their skills in areas such as equipment safety, engines operating, troubleshooting, electrical components, piping systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, water jet propulsion, basic electricity, regular maintenance, just to mention some examples.
The course also involves practical sessions on Rigid-Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIBS) during which the trainees can practice on how to use equipment and also (among other) how to troubleshoot failures that can occur on a boat.
The trainers, beside EU experts from EUCAP, are facilitators from the Berbera Maritime and Fisheries Academy and two experts from Sweden.
The training is part of a wider “Maritime Operational Capability Project’’ already underway.
In such framework, on October 14th, boats donated by Sweden to the Somaliland Coast Guard reached Berbera’s Port.
EUCAP has facilitated the successful arrival in Somaliland of three boats.
The overall, future objective aims at enhancing the Somaliland Coast Guard capacity in countering Human-Trafficking and other Coastguard functions all to improve their maritime capabilities.