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Counter Piracy: OOS


Counter Terrorism: OAE

 Global Maritime Risks  


Active Endeavour

Gulf of Guinea


Operation Ocean Shield (OOS) is NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa.

NATO Shipping Centre has been helping to deter and disrupt pirate attacks, while protecting vessels and helping to increase the general level of security in the region since 2008.

Read more about OOS

Read our Guidance for OOS

Operation Active Endeavour (OAE) is NATO's maritime operation in the Mediterranean Sea and its mission is to show resolve against terrorism.

Ships in the Mediterranean are invited to send information to us, through our

Vessel Reporting Scheme.

Read more about OAE

Read our Guidance for OAE



The NSC, as NATO’s permanent merchant shipping information fusion centre, is tasked to provide guidance and act as an advisor to merchant shipping on potential risks.

In this capacity, we support the Interim Guidelines for the Gulf of Guinea, developed by the shipping industry - We also cooperate with organisations dealing with maritime security in areas such as Southeast Asia.

Read more about Interim Guidelines for the Gulf of Guinea







Over the last several weeks the NATO Shipping Centre has received increased reporting of suspicious approaches on merchant vessels along the Western approaches to the Gulf of Aden. Military units dispatched to investigate have been unable to confirm any skiffs with pirate paraphernalia, however it is possible that skiffs with potential pirates are loitering in the area and conducting probes to test the responsiveness of merchant vessels.

It should be noted that due to seasonal meteorological conditions some of the reports appear to be interaction between legitimate fishing boats and merchants transiting in close proximity to the seasonal fishing areas.

For further information please see our weekly update

or read more about fishing in the HRA


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Pirated Attacked Approached Suspicious Activity Miscellanous


Piracy Alerts

Details on alerts issued on incidents in the HRA. New alerts can be provided by RSS by clicking on the RSS button above the map.

Dhow Project

Information on the Dhow Project and links to our Fishing Templates, Dhow Flashcards, Dhow and Skiff Recognition Chart, Dhow and Skiff Recognition guide and The Dhow Database.


Updates and PAM


Link to our Daily and Weekly updates, and Piracy Activity Map (PAM)

Gulf of Guinea


Link to the NSC supported Interim Guidelines for the Gulf Of Guinea

Piracy statistics

Here you can find our monthly Piracy statistics.


On a monthly basis the NATO Shipping Centre produces and distibutes a newsletter. This newsletter gives both a summary of special topics, and a reminder of the products provided by the NSC.