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CreatedThursday, 29 December 2011
Last modifiedSaturday, 18 August 2018
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Best Managment Practice for the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia.
In an effort to counter Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Somalia industry bodies including the International Maritime Bureau have published the Best Managment Practice (BMP) guidelines. Please click here to download a copy of the BMP pdf.
Attacks reported in the Gulf of Aden / East Coast Somalia upto Seychelles
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One light blue skiff with nine pirates have attacked a container ship underway.
Vessels transiting the East coast of Somalia have reported being attacked and fired upon at distances of more than 450 nm. One ship has reported being attacked at 960 nm. Most of these attacks have taken place during the hours of darkness. Some Masters have reported the vessels being unlit.
All ships are strongly advised to maintain a strict 24 hours visual and radar watch while transiting the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Africa (Tanzania,Kenya and Somalia). Early assessment / detection will allow ships to take evasive measures to prevent boarding and request for assistance
All attacks including sightings of suspicious crafts / mother ships should be reported to the 24 hour manned IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
Tel: 00 60 3 2078 5763 / 00 60 3 2031 0014
Warning to all ships transiting Gulf of Aden
To ensure stray bullets do not hit and injure or kill, crew are advised to remain inside the accommodation away from all bulkheads. Further crew are adivsed to keep fire fighting appliances in a state of readiness at all times in order to fight any fires which may break out due to the firing.
Attention is drawn to the fact that most of the skiffs are either blue or white in colour and of wooden construction. These colours are very difficult to distinguish especially with the sun reflecting off the surface of the water. Being low in the water makes it very difficult to distinguish them on the Radar. The need to maintain a proper look out cannot be stressed enough.
Intelligence sources revealed that there are a number of suspicious vessels in the Gulf of Aden believed to be pirate mother vessels looking to attack ships with the intent to hijack.
The description of some of the suspected pirate mother ships are as follows - long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names "BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA".
Suspected Pirate Mother Vessels:
- Commercial Crime Services
- IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
- Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau
- International Maritime Bureau
- Financial Investigation Bureau