Industry associations publish security guidelines for Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

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(www.MaritimeCyprus.com) Industry associations have come together to publish security guidance applicable to navigating in the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

This guidance is issued by shipping associations BIMCO, ICS, CLIA, IMCA, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and OCIMF.

It follows a series of threats from and attacks by the Houthis, a Yemen-based rebel group. The group has publicly threatened to attack shipping which in their view has some affiliation with Israel, and lately even ships coming from- or going to Israeli ports. The guidance has been updated to reflect this development.

The guidance emphasises the importance of conducting a thorough ship and voyage-specific threat and risk assessment considering any additional advice from the ship’s flag state before passing through the area in question. The guidance highlights that the maritime threat from the Houthi forces is greater in the vicinity of the Yemeni Red Sea coastline, where they are occasionally present. The guidance also advises against following Houthi instructions to divert to Houthi-controlled ports for detention of the ship and crew.

The full guidance can be downloaded below:

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Source: BIMCO, ICS, CLIA, IMCA, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and OCIMF.

 

 

 

 

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