Namely, Panama warned vessels to keep the utmost vigilance and increase security conditions aboard when passing the Bay of Campeche, Gulf of Mexico and the state of Tabasco, in the Republic of Mexico.

After the events occurred during the last six months of 2020, and the recent attack incidents, Panama Maritime Authority strongly recommends Shipowners, Operators and Captains of Panama Flag vessels, to exercise extreme caution when operating in this region and to:

  • Follow the relevant guidance provided by BMP5 and the Global Counter-Piracy Guidance
  • Undertake a new ship and voyage specific threat assessment before entering any region where there has been an incident, or if the threat level has changed.
  • Hold full and vigilant bridge watches and strict communications with all vessels coming close.

We want to remind all Panama Flag vessels transiting the Bay of Campeche, Gulf of Mexico and state of Tabasco, in the Republic of Mexico, to follow the PIRACY Merchant Marine Circulars procedures and recommendations. Also, all Panama Flag vessels under the SOLAS V/19 regulation must comply with LRIT and AIS requirements.

...as Panama Maritime Authority noted.

Concluding, Panama urges all shipowners, operators, Company Security Officers (CSO) and Ship Security Officers to verify that the LRIT System and the AIS work properly at all times, in order to send continuous positions of the vessels.