Shipping industry has welcomed the announcement of the BMP 5, now available for use to all those intend to transit from HOA and adjacent sea areas. But, how aware are ship operators about the updates in comparison to BMP4? Here is a quick guide on what changes in the new version of BMP.
anti piracy measures
ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre and World Maritime University signed a MoU to strengthen the cooperation in increasing the knowledge of the evolving situation of piracy and sea robbery in Asia. The partnership is aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.
In June 2018, the 5th edition of the piracy-specific Best Management Practice (BMP5) was published compiling a useful and comprehensive guidance which introduces effective measures for the protection of crew, vessels and cargo while transiting the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. The new edition supersedes BMP4.
The short film provides an insight into the work of the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), the first regional government-to-government agreement to promote and enhance cooperation against piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia.
The Gulf of Guinea offers many riches, but it also faces a multitude of interconnected maritime security challenges. As maritime piracy knows no borders, the nations around the Gulf of Guinea have organized themselves into a coordinated security effort, in order to combat crime.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan and the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre, jointly launched the Capacity Building Executive Programme 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. The Programme aims to improve skills of maritime regulatory & enforcement authorities in fight against piracy and sea robbery in Asia.
The 12th Governing Council Meeting of ReCAAP ISC was held on 20-22 March in Singapore, reviewing 2017 activities and deliberating on activities for 2018. ReCAAP ISC has commended its activities in 2017 under the three pillars: information sharing, capacity building and cooperative arrangement.
Cooperation between government agencies is important to achieve maximum maritime security enforcement. The latest national table-top exercise on maritime security, in Nigeria, discussed this issue. The findings from this exercise will create the basis of a maritime security strategy. This is part of a project to improve the Nigerian Criminal Justice response to maritime crime threats.
USCG announced it is modifying the conditions of entry for vessels arriving in the US from the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire by adding an exemption for two facilities: Carena Shipyard and Terminal A Containers, Abidjan, starting from 3 January 2018.
On 23 January 2018, the Dutch House of Representatives deals with the Merchant Navy Protection Act. The proposal allows the hiring of private security, in case a Vessel Protection Detachment of the armed forces is not possible, and concerns only the waters near Somalia, which is considered as a High Risk Area.
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