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BMP 5 guidance necessary in every HRA transit, white paper says

Diaplous Maritime Services has produced a White Paper on the issue of the HRA border reduction in the Indian Ocean, which includes a detailed threat analysis on Somali Based Piracy after taking into consideration a number of variables. The official position of Diaplous is that shipping companies should not become complacent in matters of maritime security, in order to prevent a resurgence of piracy and that BMP 5 standards should be followed at all times for Somali Basin & GoA transits.

Focus on risk mitigation techniques vital for enhanced maritime security

Mr. Jakob P. Larsen, Head of Maritime Security at BIMCO, provides an overview of the status of maritime security in the piracy affected areas around the world, citing possible reasons for the escalation of piracy in the GoG. In addition, Mr. Larsen highlights that industry should not be complacent with the lower activity reported in Somalia.

BMP5 revision outline and comparison with BMP4

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.

BMP5: Updated best practices to deter piracy issued

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.

IMO urges vigilance after tanker hijack in Somalia

In the wake of the hijack of the Aris 13, off Puntland, in Somalia, IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has exhorted the shipping industry to apply diligently IMO guidance and best management practices to avert possible piracy attacks.

Panama issues circular on IRTC and compliance with BMP

The Panama Maritime Authority has issued Merchant Marine Circular to inform all parties related with the Panamanian flagged vessels, about the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) and compliance with the Best Management Practices

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