In an interview with the Daily News, Tilayi said that through patrols they have been able to decrease pirate activity on the East Coast. This was coupled with other patrol operations conducted by the South African Navy.
He was speaking after a three-day workshop by the International Maritime Organisation was held in Durban from Monday.
The workshop, which included about 60 delegates from countries in the west Indian Ocean region and the Gulf of Aden, which lies between Somalia and Yemen, discussed security issues covered by the Jeddah Amendment to the Djibouti Code of Conduct 2017. This code of conduct is aimed at tackling issues of criminality in the maritime environment which include human trafficking, illegal fishing and piracy among other things.
Some of the signatories are Madagascar, South Africa and Mozambique.