The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) informed that drifting mines have been detected and deactivated in the Western Black Sea by coastal nation’s authorities.
ccording to NSC, an additional stray mine was detected and neutralized by coastal nation’s authorities on the 8th of September 2022 in the Southwestern part of the Black Sea. National authorities stated that the searches for mine-like objects are ongoing.
The threat of more drifting mines cannot be ruled out. Any sightings of mine-like objects should be reported to coastal authorities and shipping should remain well clear of the hazard
NSC warned, and strongly advised masters to take all precautions to mitigate the threat including avoiding floating objects, keep the forward area of the ship clear of crew, and using effective look-outs. Merchant vessels are also reminded to monitor the local authorities’ broadcasts for the latest Navigational Warnings.
National Coastal Warnings have been broadcast recommending the safe routes for shipping in the Western Black Sea. Shipping is advised to use these routes and stay in contact with relevant authorities.
In addition, NSC advises appropriate countermeasures as described in “ATP-02.1 – Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Manual.”
The threat of collateral damage or direct hits on civilian shipping in the War Risk Area of the Black Sea area remains HIGH. The threat of GPS jamming, AIS spoofing, communications jamming, electronic interference and cyber-attacks in the area are also considered HIGH. Harassment and diversion of shipping in the area cannot be excluded