Reporting Guidance for vessels transiting the Arabian Gulf (AG), Straits of Hormuz (SoH) and Gulf of Oman (GOO)

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In response to the incidents that took place in the Gulf of Oman (GOO) last week, and the seizure of the Stena Impero in particular, the Club would like to draw Members attention to the following advise published by the BIMCO Maritime Security Committee regarding the  arrangements for vessel reporting in the Arabian Gulf (AG), Straits of Hormuz and GOO, and a CENTCOM link to a military initiative to increase security there.

Reporting Guidance for vessels `transiting the Arabian Gulf (AG), Straits of Hormuz (SoH) and Gulf of Oman (GOO)
Reference:
A. UKMTO Advisory Notice 002/JUL/2029.
B. U.S. Maritime Alert 2019-004A.
C. BMP5.
D. UKHO Security Chart Q6099.

The incidents against tankers transiting Straits of Hormuz on Friday 19 July have been widely reported (Ref A & B).

To ensure the safety of all vessels and allow navies to afford best protection to global trade it is vital:

  • Masters register with UKMTO when entering the Indian Ocean VRA (Ref C & D).
  • Comply with Flag State
  • 24-48 hrs in advance – Masters provide transit plans for the SoH and AG to UKMTO including:
    • Time of Entering/Exiting the SoH
    • Outline of Navigation Plan whilst operating in SoH and
    • Any constraints or speed
    • Crew
  • CSO’s ensure all contact numbers for UKMTO and USNAVCENT NCAGS are
  • In the event of any incident or being concerned, Masters should call UKMTO
  • Masters answer all VHF calls from coalition navies. Ch16 is becoming very busy, alternative channels will be offered.
  • CSOs and Masters prepare,  print and have available the correct response if called on VHF.

UKMTO will share information with the navies joining Operation Sentinel, and questions regarding information sharing can be directed to UKMTO. Navies are operating in the SoH and to offer best protection they need to be aware of all vessel movements and intentions.

Useful BMP Contact details:

UKMTO
Tel:  +44 2392 222060
watchkeepers@ukmto.org

USNAVCENT NCAGS
24/7 Watch: +973-1785-0084
CUSNC.NCAGS_BW@me.navy.mil

Download additional sources of information:

Safety & Security and the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman

BMP5: Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea

OCIMF’s Ship Security: Hull Vulnerability Study

NATO ATP2 – NCAGS Guide to Owners, Operators, Masters and Officers Edition A Version 1 Annex D to Chp 4