(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the OCIMF representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, with new advice issued to merchant ship operators.
The High Risk Area reflects the area where the threat from piracy exists, whilst recognizing the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean. The industry group of shipping and oil industry organisations BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) responsible for setting the High Risk Area emphasized that a serious threat remains despite the reduction to the area’s geographic boundaries and that correct reporting, vigilance and adherence to 5th edition of the best management practice (BMP5) remains crucial.
The reduction to the HRA takes full account of recent shipping industry experience, pirate intent and capability and follows extensive consultation with nations, collations and military naval forces, including Combined Maritime Forces, EUNAVFOR and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which continue to provide vital advice and protection to shipping.
The regional UKHO Maritime Security Chart, Q6099 will be updated by Notice to Mariners and a new version produced to reflect these changes which take effect from 1st May 2019.
The new coordinates of the High Risk Area are:
In the Southern Red Sea: Northern Limit: Latitude 15 00’N
In the Indian Ocean a line linking:
From the territorial waters off coast of east Africa at Latitude 05 00’S to 050 00’E
Then to positions:
Lat: 00 00’N
Long: 055 00’E
Lat: 10 00’N
Long: 060 00’E
Lat: 14 00’N
Long: 060 00’E
Then a bearing 310 to the territorial waters of the Arabian Peninsular.
See more details regarding protection from maritime piracy, by clicking below links:
Maritime Industry releases the Global Counter Piracy Guidance
Maritime Industry releases BMP5 guidance for Maritime Security Issues
OCIMF releases Ship Security – Hull Vulnerability Study
Guidelines for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region.