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ONI issues advisory re merchant vessel reported coming under attack

Off the coast of Yemen. Please be advised that the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has issued the following advisory: "A merchant vessel reported coming under attack at time 1317Z on 8 September in position 1527N 05214E, approximately 8nm off the coast of Yemen. This area will remain high risk for the next 24-48 hours."The Maritime Administrator would take this opportunity to again urge all vessels operating in the High Risk Area to actively implement recommended Best Management Practices for anti-piracy measures as follows:Prepare the crew (refer to Marshall Islands MG-2-11-12); Harden the ship before the ship enters the High Risk Area (HRA); When entering the HRA from the direction of either the Suez Canal, the Arabian Gulf at 26N, the south at 15S or from the east at 78E: o Register the ship with the MSCHOA (http://www.mschoa.org /+44 (0) 1923 958545); o Report to the UKMTO ([email protected] / +971 505 523 215); and Continue to provide daily reports of ship's position, course, speed and estimated and actual arrival times to UKMTO while in the HRA. Remember, the ship must be registered with the MSCHOA and report to the UKMTO with every intended transit of the HRA; Consider participating in ...

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Piracy Quick Reference Guide Released by ABS

To help onboard personnel implement the industrys BMP In support of the maritime community's efforts to protect seafarers against acts of piracy, ABS has prepared a quick reference guide (QRG) to assist ships' crews in implementing the industry's "Best Management Practices for the Protection of Seafarers from Somali Based Piracy," commonly referred to as BMPs.Designed specifically for onboard use, the QRG summarizes the recently published version 4 of the BMPs in a user-friendly format that can assist the Master and the Ship Security Officer in preparing the vessel for transit through a high-risk area. It also identifies actions to take should the vessel and its crew be attacked."This Guide is another tool ship operators can use against the menace of piracy and hijacking" says Hemant Juneja, ABS Director of Management Systems Certification. "It is not intended to replace the BMPs but rather act as a supplement designed especially to give the crew a quick reference guide for protection against these threats. It can also be used as a training tool in shipboard drills and exercises."The laminated, pocket-size Guide will be available in ABS' global offices beginning in early September.Founded in 1862, ABS is a leading international classification society devoted to ...

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ONI issues Somali Piracy Advisory

Somali pirates will attack when the southwest monsoon subsides in September Please be advised that the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has issued an advisory assessing that Somali pirates will resume a high level of operations when the southwest monsoon subsides in September 2011 and corresponding seas become conducive for small boat operations.Pirates will continue to evolve their tactics, techniques, and procedures in an attempt to circumvent defensive measures of commercial shipping and in response to patrolling naval forces. Pirates will attack targets of opportunity, regardless of their flag, vessel profile, crew composition, or cargo. Pirates will routinely operate in major shipping lanes, to include those off the Indian coast, in the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, leading into/out of Kenya and Tanzania, and in the Arabian Sea.Anchorage areas in the region are not exempt from the threat posed by pirates. Pirates will conduct attacks with skiffs and will operate from shore at great distances with the use of a variety of motherships - to include whalers, dhows, commercial fishing vessels, captured merchant ships, and potentially, the use of cattle transport vessels.The Maritime Administrator would take this opportunity to again urge all vessels operating in the High Risk Area ...

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Germany wants armed guards on Europe ships

Germany plans to lobby other EU countries to allow armed guards Germany plans to lobby other European Union countries to allow the deployment of private armed guards on their merchant ships in high-risk areas as a piracy crisis escalates, ministry officials said.But analysts said the initiative was likely to face legal and practical difficulties.Somali piracy is costing the world economy billions of dollars a year, and international navies are stretched to combat the menace in the Indian Ocean due to the vast distances involved. In desperation, more shipping companies are considering deploying private armed guards on their vessels.The German government is looking into changing the country's weapons laws to allow security personnel to bear firearms on ships in high-risk areas. It could also certify those private security companies that could be used on merchant vessels, a government official said."Our goal is to develop a coordinated approach to be presented at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) meeting in September, and EU governments are the main partners to bring on board," said Jan Gerd Becker-Schwering with the German economy ministry. "To go this alone would not be beneficial."The European Union said allowing private armed guards on merchant vessels was a decision to ...

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Anti Piracy Best Management Practices BMP4 available

Latest update of the Industry supported Anti Piracy BMPs After a long waited period the latest version of the Anti Piracy Best Management Practices (BMP4) are due to become available to the market.All supporting industry Associations are currently working on a co-ordinated release of the publication by the end of Month. The websites of all supporting organisations will carry official versions of BMP 4.INTERCARGO has produced a summary of the differences between the existing BMP3 and the new version BMP4 which is available herebelow for your easy reference.Please click below to acess :Anti Piracy Best Management Practices BMP4INTERCARGO Comparison Document on BMP3/BMP4Source : INTERCARGO

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ONI Special Advisory – Indian Ocean

All vessels operating in the High Risk Area ought to implement BMP The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) has issued the following advisory:"Possible mother ship activity reported in the vicinity of 09:27N-052:48E, approximately 185NM southwest of Socotra, Yemen. This area will remain high risk for the next 24-48 hours."The Maritime Administrator would take this opportunity to again urge all vessels operating in the High Risk Area to actively implement recommended Best Management Practices for anti-piracy measures as follows:Prepare the crew (refer to Marshall Islands MG-2-11-12); Harden the ship before the ship enters the High Risk Area (HRA); When entering the HRA from the direction of either the Suez Canal, the Arabian Gulf at 26N, the south at 15S or from the east at 78E: o Register the ship with the MSCHOA (http://www.mschoa.org /+44 (0) 1923 958545); o Report to the UKMTO ([email protected] / +971 505 523 215); and Continue to provide daily reports of ship's position, course, speed and estimated and actual arrival times to UKMTO while in the HRA. Remember, the ship must be registered with the MSCHOA and report to the UKMTO with every intended transit of the HRA; Consider participating in the SSRS service (http://ssrs.org); Utilize the ...

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BMP were successfully used to resist around half of the reported piracy attacks

Measures include training to undertake evasive manoeuvring, and protective procedures Best-Management Practices and other "self-help" measures were successfully used to resist around half of the reported piracy attacks against bulk carriers in the six months between November 2010 and April this year.Of the 43 reported attacks against bulk carriers in this period, at least 19 can be identified as being repelled due to adherence to BMP, according to Intercargo in its bulk-sector analysis report this week."The vaunted adaptability of the pirates needs to be put within the context of a sector playing its part in meeting the challenge through self-help measures as well," said Intercargo.Those measures include training to undertake evasive manoeuvring, and protective procedures such as barbed wire.Citadels have been used by crew in six cases during the period and armed guards have been influential in thwarting at least two attacks.However, despite the success of BMP and self-help measures, some bulk carriers opted not to draw on them."We still find it staggering that some ships, albeit not as many as popularly imagined, are reported by EU Navfor as failing to fully implement BMP," said Intercargo's report."Bulk carriers have a lower incidence of this than their market share... but unless ...

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INTERTANKO urges operators to ensure full compliance with Best Management Practices (BMP)

A view to improvingcompliance of operators Operators are reminded that the Maritime Security Centre - Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) is now issuing a monthly compliance report relating to "Best Management Practices" to shipping industry associations and flag states, which lists vessels which have not complied with one or more of the three main requirements of BMP: registering with MSCHOA, reporting to UKMTO, having visible SPMs (Self Protection Measures) in place.As previously advised, INTERTANKO has now been contacting (confidentially) Members listed in these reports as not being fully compliant with BMP, with a view to improving Member compliance.INTERTANKO understands that there may be reasons why a particular vessel has not complied, such as the presence of armed guards onboard, but irrespective of this we are urging all our Members to ensure that their vessels comply with BMP at all times and in all circumstances, but specifically to verify compliance with the 3 main elements listed above.INTERTANKO continues to strongly urge all Members to support the military, by reviewing their security procedures, by ensuring that their ship masters are fully complying with BMP 3, by hardening their ships against piracy attack (deploying self-protection measures), by keeping the military advised at all times ...

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