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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Nigeria approves the use of Lagos Secure Anchorage Area
Updated revised West Africa HRA and Voluntary Reporting Area
World Economic Forum presents six projects in support of ocean sustainability17/06/2019
Global shipping growth may conclude to rise of invasive species17/06/2019
UN Sec-Gen highlights four key measures to achieve carbon neutrality by 205016/06/2019
Lessons Learned: Always be prepared for an emergency16/06/2019
Infographic: What is EPIRB16/06/2019
Adopting a formal alcohol policy in ports is vital15/06/2019
Lessons Learned: Do not load cargoes excluded from the IMSBC Code15/06/2019
More microplastics are hidden in the ocean than the surface15/06/2019
Port of Amsterdam: Completion work progresses for new lock gates14/06/2019
Accidents related to ISM Code failures: What we have learned so far14/06/2019