Customs establishes special unit for maritime surveillance and border protection

01 Apr 2024 | 22:58
The special uniform designed for Maritime Surveillance and Border Protection unit of customs

A dedicated unit within Customs has been established to oversee the country's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), aiming to enhance maritime surveillance and border protection efforts.

According to a press release from Customs, the newly formed unit, named Maritime Surveillance and Border Protection, will be responsible for monitoring Customs-controlled areas and preventing smuggling activities via sea routes. 

This includes the management of seacrafts under their jurisdiction.

The unit will be operated under Directorate of Enforcement and Border Security.

A unique uniform and logo have been designed for the Maritime Surveillance and Border Protection unit.

Customs has also revealed ongoing discussions with the Chinese Embassy and the Export Control and Related Border Security of the US regarding the procurement of vehicles and services for the unit. 

They are also going to provide training services for unit.

 While efforts are underway to acquire necessary resources and vessels for the unit's operations, with two vehicles already in use. 

Japan has generously provided Customs with two 30-foot patrol vessels, intended for use by the new unit.

Additionally, an 85-foot vessel is expected to be received by early 2025.

The unit will collaborate with the Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) to utilize surveillance drones for monitoring seacraft activities.

Additionally, the MNDF Air Corps, equipped with military drones acquired from Turkey, will conduct 24-hour surveillance of the maritime area.

Joint operations between Customs and MNDF will be conducted within the country's territorial waters to enforce Customs duties effectively.