By Dialogo September 23, 2011 In late September, the review and evaluation meeting of the Transoceanic XXVI multinational exercise came to an end, at the Naval Tactical Training Center (CENTAC) of the Peruvian Navy (MGP). Peruvian Vice Admiral Carlos Tejada Mera, in his role as host of the event, emphasized in his closing address the success obtained at the meeting with the achievement of the proposed objectives, in response to the interest of the Maritime Traffic Control Organization (ORGACONTRAM) in establishing common standards to guarantee the safety of maritime commerce and to the interest of regional maritime authorities in improving the operational procedures for traffic control. The meeting was attended and participated in by the local operational control commanders (COLCO) of the regional Navies belonging to the International Maritime Traffic Defense (CODEFTRAMI) plan; representatives from the Navies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay; and local operational control commanders and advisors working under the South Atlantic Maritime Area Coordinator (CAMAS). South Africa also has a clear interest in these exercises. At the meeting, agreement was reached on changes in the current rules and operational procedures incorporated in the Standing Operations Order, and Ecuador was confirmed as the host of the next exercise, Transoceanic XXVII, which will take place from August 6 to 17, 2012. The final planning session will be held from May 11 to 17, 2012, in the city of Guayaquil. The Transoceanic XXVI exercise took place from August 8 to 19, with the participation of the Navies of the countries mentioned above. It involved planning and guidance of control operations for international merchant ships and fishing boats, real and fictitious, in a global operational scenario. In addition, a regional course on dispersant use (OPRC Level 3) was held in August, the opening session of which took place at the San Borja Naval Center (Lima, Peru), and in which the general secretary of the Regional Cooperation Operational Network of Maritime Authorities of the Americas (ROCRAM), Alejandro Martínez Moreno, and representatives from the maritime authorities of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela, members of the mentioned network, participated. The objective of the course was to improve management capabilities to optimize preparation for and processes of response to spills of hydrocarbons and other polluting substances.