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Risk in Gulf of Aden remains, CMF say

In view of the recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb, Combined Maritime Forces reminds operators that there are still risks associated with transits through these waters. Daylight attacks by small boats have been conducted against the tankers MV Galicia Spirit in October 2016 and MT Muskie in May 2017.

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BIMCO announces revision of BMP4 High Risk Area

New boundaries for the HRA - further practical measures for implementation BIMCO advised that the co-sponsors of BMP 4 have agreed to a revised definition of the High Risk Area. The High Risk Area is now defined as being bounded by:In the Red Sea: Latitude 15oNIn the Gulf of Oman: Latitude 22oNEastern limit: Longitude 065oESouthern limit: Latitude 5oSAmendment to section 2 of BMP 4, accompanying guidance on the revision's impact and further practical measures for implementation in the context of company and shipboard planning as described in sections 6 and 7 of BMP 4.The revisions are effective and will formally apply as of 1 December 2015, in order to give shipping companies and crews time to adapt to them.It is strongly recommended that the revisions are taken into account as soon as possible for voyages through the VRA and HRA for which risk assessments are yet to be conducted, as the changes may have implications for charter party and insurance agreements as well as ship security.The revisions will be provided on industry websites, includingwww.bimco.org, as well as NATO Shipping Centre (www.shipping.nato.int) and MSCHOA (www.mschoa.org).It is not anticipated that there will be a need to publish a fully revised version of ...

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Vigilance still crucial as piracy HRA in the Indian Ocean reduced

ICS warns Organisations representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced that the size of the High Risk Area for piracy in the Indian Ocean has been reduced and issued new advice to merchant ship operators.This reduction to the High Risk Area is in response to the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean, but a group of shipping and oil industry organisations (BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), Intercargo, INTERTANKO and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) stressed that a serious threat remains and that correct reporting and vigilance remains crucial.The reduction of the High Risk Area takes full account of recent shipping industry experience, and follows extensive consultation with governments through the diplomatic Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia, and military naval forces, including NATO, Combined Maritime Forces and EU NAVFOR, which continue to provide vital protection to shipping.The new industry advice, which takes effect from 1 December 2015, changes that currently contained in the latest edition of Best Management Practices for Protection against Somali Based Piracy (BMP 4), which is jointly produced by the industry group. In summary:The area previously classified as "high risk" now forms only a part of ...

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IMO MSC 95 Outcome

Gas and low-flashpoint fuels code adopted by IMO The new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), when it met at the Organization's London headquarters for its 95th session from 3 to 12 June 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its agenda and considered cyber security matters and passenger ship safety. It adopted new ships' routeing measures and a number of circulars arising from items put forward by the sub-committees.IGF Code adoptedThe MSC adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), along with amendments to make the Code mandatory under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).The use of gas as fuel, particularly liquefied natural gas (LNG), has increased in recent years due to lower sulphur and particulate emissions than fuel oil or marine diesel oil. But gas and other low-flashpoint fuels pose their own set of safety challenges, which need to be properly managed. The IGF Code aims to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved.The amendments ...

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