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Security Advisory: Piracy – Revision of BMP4 High Risk Area


BIMCO says 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 15oN In the Gulf of Oman: Latitude 22oN Eastern limit: Longitude 065oE Southern limit: Latitude 5oS   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, including, as well as NATO Shipping Centre ( and MSCHOA (   It is not anticipated that there will be a need to publish a fully revised version of BMP 4 to incorporate these changes.  A Notice to Mariners will be sent today (8 October) advising of necessary changes to Admiralty Chart Q6099, and a new version of the chart will be made available before the entry into force of the revisions.   Whilst the revision re-designates the area considered to be at a high risk of Somalia-based pirate groups, it is stressed that these groups retain the ability to attack at historical limits of their activity.    

USCG – Guidelines for Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters

The U.S. Coast Guard announced the availability of Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directive 104-06 providing guidelines for U.S. vessels operating in high risk waters. Because the Directive is designated Sensitive Security Information (SSI), it is not subject to general release. Rather, copies may be obtained from a USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) office by covered persons with a need to know. Owners and operators of vessels that may operate in areas where acts of piracy and armed

AdvanFort to Aid Voluntary USCG Amver Program

2012 photo of US Coast Guard Commandant Robert J. Papp, Jr. presenting AdvanFort President William H. Watson a plaque for service to the Amver program and Amver Logo

Maritime security company AdvanFort announced Wednesday that it has volunteered for service in the piracy-infested waters in and around the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as part of the U.S. Coast Guard-coordinated Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue System (Amver), whose members assist any nearby vessel in distress. The AdvanFort fleet which has vessels strategically positioned in key sea lanes surrounding the High Risk Area (HRA)

South African Measures to Counter Spread of Ebola


  South Africa's Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported. Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and recently an increase in the number of cases has been noted in the first three. The Department of Health has taken measures in South Africa to enhance surveillance

CRI, Veritas - Maritime Security Program

Corporate Risk International (CRI), a business intelligence and risk management firm, and Veritas International Consultants (VIC), a provider of maritime security services, have combined offerings to develop a security solution to current commercial maritime risks. "Tens of thousands of commercial and private vessels travel annually across hundreds of thousands of miles of open seas," said Richard Hildreth, Senior Vice President of Crisis Management at CRI.

China Joins CSI

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced that the People's Republic of China formally joined the Container Security Initiative (CSI). U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Mu Xinsheng, Commissioner of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China, today signed a declaration of principles in Beijing, formally initiating joint efforts to target and pre-screen cargo containers shipped from the ports of Shanghai and

U.S. Customs Inspectors Deployed to Rotterdam

U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner announced the deployment of the first team of U.S. Customs officers reporting for duty at the Port of Rotterdam, Netherlands, as part of the Container Security Initiative (CSI). This is the first time in the 213-year history of the U.S. Customs Service that inspectors will be assigned outside of North America to target and screen cargo before being shipped to the United States. The Netherlands was first in Europe to sign an agreement with U.S

Y2K Worries Prompt Cargill To Avoid S. Africa

Cargill U.S.-based commodities giant Cargill Inc. has told South Africa it plans to avoid trading there from mid-December to mid-January because of worries over the country's preparations for the millennium bug, according to press reports. The group's South African subsidiary reportedly sent a letter to the Department of Agriculture in Pretoria, pointing to a "worst-case" assessment by a U.S. computer consultancy analyzing the risks of the bug.

VessEx Expands Anti-Piracy Service

Vessel Extractions, LLC, a worldwide ship recovery specialist, launched its Shiprotek service to protect ships from pirate attacks. VessEx protection teams, composed of former Special Forces personnel, ride with ships in high-risk waters to prevent pirates from boarding their clients' vessels and harming the crews. A VessEx Shiprotek team will board a client's vessel anywhere in the world, escort it through troubled areas, and disembark in its next safe port

President Bush Signs Homeland Security Appropriations Bill

President Bush signed into law the Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2555). The Department of Homeland Security released a fact sheet providing a breakdown of how the total $37.6 billion appropriation is to be allocated. The President ensured that “We're better securing our borders and transportation systems while facilitating the flow of legitimate commerce. Our Container Security Initiative will allow for the screening of high-risk cargo at the world's largest ports and

Vigilance Still Crucial in Indian Ocean

  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

NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Graduates Its Class of 2015

From left Tadaaki Naito, president of NYK;The most excellent cadet, Stephed Rock P.Dumpayan;Hans Leo J.Cacdac, Administrator of Philippine Overseas Employment Administration J. Roberto C. Delgado, founder and chairman of TD

  NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG),* proudly graduated the 107 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2015 on September 21.  

Birthplace of Modern Commerical Shipping Turns 300

The worlds first commercial enclosed wet dock at Liverpool

  The world’s oldest enclosed commercial wet dock in Liverpool, North-west England is celebrating its 300th anniversary. Known locally as the ‘old dock’, it opened for business on 31 August 1715, providing a blueprint for the development of other trading ports.  

PGI Risk Portal Free to Shipping Industry

Global security specialist Protection Group International (PGI) will provide its specialist risk analysis service – PGI Risk Portal – free to the international maritime industry, the company announced this week during London International Shipping Week (LISW15).

BIMCO Outlines LIS Week Schedule

Giles Noakes, Chief Maritime Security Officer, BIMCO

BIMCO’s breakfast brief, titled “The Future Of Maritime Security” is aimed at CEOs and Directors who will have an opportunity to hear more on the latest threats facing merchant vessels operating in risk prone areas, how this threat is calculated by the military

Shippers Cannot Relax Their Guard in SE Asia -MAST

Following a spate of six attacks in the Singapore Straight over the weekend, maritime security provider MAST is calling for shipping companies to strengthen their approach to maritime security in South East Asia.   “Shipping companies need to look at Best Management Practices (BMP) 4

Piracy Still Hot in Southeast Asia -PVI

Photo: PVI

Southeast Asia is likely to see a record number of ship hijackings in 2015 as demand for illicit oil, together with a well-established black market, will continue to drive maritime attacks in the region, advises private maritime security company PVI.  

Maritime Piracy Program Moves to ISWAN

The boards of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Program (MPHRP) have informed about the moving of the activities of the MPHRP into ISWAN. A transfer agreement was signed by both parties on August 3, 2015

Marine Bodies Unite

Image: ICC Company

 The boards of the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and the Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) are pleased to announce the moving of the activities of the MPHRP into ISWAN. A transfer agreement was signed by both parties on 3 August 2015.

Terrorists Will Exploit EU Migrant Crisis, ESC Warns

Photo: TORM A-S

ESC Global Security has called for the Mediterranean to be classed a maritime High Risk Area in the wake of the terrorist atrocities in Tunisia and Europe’s escalating migration crisis.   “There is a reasonable doubt that some refugees from these areas will be a threat to

IMO Adopts Gas and Low-flashpoint Fuels Code

The IGF Code, which will become mandatory under amendments to SOLAS, aims to minimize the risk to the ship, its crew and the environment, having regard to the nature of the fuels involved. (Photo:: FJORD LINE ESPEN GEES)

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 June 3-12, 2015. The Committee also placed unsafe mixed migration by sea on its

BIMCO Contributes to Piracy Status Report

Photo: Oceans Beyond Piracy

The Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO) informs it has continued its support for the Oceans Beyond Piracy (OBP) “The State of Maritime Piracy” report, which addresses how piracy is affecting the shipping industry – and beyond.  

Paris MoU Approves New Performance Lists

At its 48th meeting last month, the Paris MoU Committee approved the 2014 inspection results and adopted new performance lists for flags and Recognized Organizations. These lists will take effect from July 1, 2015.   The “White, Grey and Black (WGB) List” presents the full

Failure to Manage Risk Posing Larger Threat to Shipping

Levels of sound enterprise and business risk management are currently satisfactory in the shipping industry, a new survey from Moore Stephens has revealed. But the international accountant and shipping adviser warns that companies that fail to embed effective risk management procedures into their

Investing in Unsustainable EU Fishing is Risky

Why Smart Investors Must Avoid Unsustainable Seafood Operations

  Recent changes to EU fishing and seafood legislation means that the financing of fishing operations reliant on overexploited stocks, or the use of destructive or unselective methods will prove a high risk to investors, Greenpeace warned today.

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