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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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

Protection for French Vessels by Private Operators

Private Armed Guards

The enactment of Law No. 2014-742 of 1st July 2014 and the signing of decrees related during late 2014 and early 2015 resulted in June 2015 to approve the first private companies wishing to conduct activities of protection of French flagged vessels (APPN).

Indonesia Tops in Piracy and Armed Robbery

The main ship-types affected. Graphics by The Standard Club

 The IMB cautions against complacency in its latest report on piracy and armed robbery which covers the period from 1 January 2015 to 30 September 2015, says The Standard Club.   190 incidents have been reported to the IMB in 2015

Indian Ocean: No Insurance Premium Reduction Likely

Image: Protection Vessels International Ltd

 In October a number of trade bodies released a joint press release to formally announce a reduction of the High Risk Area (HRA).     Insurance companies have said the reduction may not result in reduced insurance costs due to the assessment of insurance risk being dependent on

Ballast Water Management in the Field Put to the Test

Figure 3: The Ballast-Check 2’s Activity parameter correlated with Walz Water PAM fluorometer’s Yield estimate.  Samples with abundances < 5 cells/ml have been omitted from the data set in this figure.

Turner Designs, along with scientists from around the world participated in a research cruise aboard the RV Meteor, a vessel owned by the Federal Republic of Germany through the Ministry of Research and Technology (BMFT) and funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

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.  

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

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

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).

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.  

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.  

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

Re-Drawal of High Risk Area in Indian Ocean

Revision of the HRA boundary back to its original state should thus greatly reduce the insurance costs of Indian shipping companies.

  The International bodies have agreed to India’s efforts to push back the High Risk Area (HRA) from 78 degrees East longitude to the 65 degrees East longitude. This will result in huge savings for India’s EXIM trade and consumers on account of reduced insurance premium and

Paris MOU's Vessel Inspection Data Now Available Online

Photo: Paris MOU

A newly introduced statistical feature on the Paris MoU website,, grants access to the region’s vessel inspection results.   “It is important we communicate about the results of our efforts to prevent sub standard shipping,” said Richard W.J

Maritime Crime Rises 38% in S.E. Asia

Dryad Maritimes Q3 results

Dryad Maritime released its Q3 trends and analysis of global maritime crime showing a stark rise of 38% of incidents across Southeast Asia, when figures are compared to the first nine months of 2014. The apparent impunity of maritime gangs operating in the region has led Dryad to call upon

LR to help China Design Shipborne Nuclear Power

Nuclear power plants can generate electricity continuously for many months at a time, without interruption. Courtesy World Nuclear Association

  Lloyd’s Register announced a co-operative Framework Agreement with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) in Chengdu, to assist in the design and development of a safe and secure floating vessel containing a Small Modular Reactor (SMR) – a first for China.

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