Following our recent Update on piracy attacks, the International Chamber of Shipping, BIMCO and Intertanko have published an Interim Guidance on Maritime Security in the Southern Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb which is to be followed in conjunction with Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy (BMP 4).
This new advice offers guidance for Company Security Officers (CSOs) and Masters in conducting risk assessments when planning a transit through high risk areas which includes identification of maritime security threats such as missiles, sea mines and water borne improvised explosive devices (WBIED). With reference to threat assessments, the interim guidance advises operators to report to the Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) prior to entering the Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC) to ensure that the military is aware of their presence and that relevant contact details and reports of any suspicious activity have been provided.
The interim guidance is available to view and download from the International Chamber of Shipping website.
We strongly recommend that Members take note of this guidance and incorporate the advice in their company procedures when planning a transit through the Southern Red Sea and Bab Al-Mandeb.
The Club wishes to refer Members to updated guidance on Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea (BMP5) issued in June 2018.