ICS Opposes IMO-Proposed Mozambique Channel Routing

ICS press release
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

At a meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Sub-Committee on Safety of Navigation (2- 6 July in London) the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) - which represents global shipowners and 80% of the world merchant fleet - will be opposing a proposal to establish a new recommended route for all ships in the Mozambique Channel that would be approximately 1,000 miles long.

 

The proposal has been made by Comoros, France, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, the Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania, having been given impetus by work conducted by the World Bank.

 

ICS Director Marine, John Murray said : “ICS is very concerned with this proposal for a new recommended route in international waters which will result in all vessels following the same proposed track.  This will increase the risk of collision to the hundreds of ships that would be using the scheme at any one time, particularly given the current lack of Vessel Traffic Services in the region.  The concept could also set an unwelcome precedent for the management of deep sea navigation elsewhere, and will require very careful consideration by IMO.”

 

John Murray added  “The compelling need for this proposed measure remains clear and no statistical evidence has been provided regarding shipping casualties or near misses in the Mozambique Channel.  This omission makes it particularly difficult to quantify the anticipated benefit that the proposal would deliver.”

 

The main aim of the proposal is advised to be a reduction to the risk of collision and grounding in the Mozambique Channel.  However, despite vessels favouring certain routes, shipping currently is free to use the entire width of the Channel, which is in international waters.  The proposed measure would seek to concentrate shipping into very restricted lanes and could potentially increase the risk of collision. 

 

Even at its narrowest point the Mozambique Channel is over 200 miles wide, and today many ships make use of this width and keep well away from the routes used by transiting tankers and similar vessels.

 

“Piracy of course is a major problem in this region, and the implications to safety and security of introducing such a routeing measure, in effect bunching ships together as they enter a high risk area, have also not been addressed by its supporters.” said John Murray.

 

ICS is co-ordinating with its member national shipowners’ associations to ensure that governments attending the IMO meeting will seriously question the proposal for a routing measure in Mozambique Channel.
 

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