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Counter Piracy: OOS

 

Counter Terrorism: OAE

 Global Maritime Risks  

Conter-piracy

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 cooperate with the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre in the Gulf of Guinea, developed by the shipping industry and we also cooperate with organisations dealing with maritime security in areas such as Southeast Asia.

 MTISC - GoG now operational in the area. 

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NEWS

Airstrike on vessel near Sirte, Lybia

Published 25/5/2015

News agencies have reported that an airstrike was conducted on a merchant vessel in the vicinity of Sirte, Lybia on 24 May. Again a reminder that vessels passing Libyan waters, do so at risk of interaction with armed elements in Libya. Vessels intending to transit through this area are encouraged to conduct thorough risk assessments in advance of their voyages and when travelling through them, to do so expeditiously and with increased vigilance.

Airstrike on vessel near Derna, Lybia

Published 19/5/2015

Multiple news agencies have reported that an airstrike was conducted on a merchant vessel in vicinity of Derna, Lybia on 10 May, resulting in the death of one crewmember and injury to another. This incident serves as a reminder that vessels passing near Libyan waters, particularly those transiting to or nearby Derna and Misrata, do so at risk of interaction with armed elements in Libya.

Central and Eastern Mediterranean Situation Update and Contacts

Published 6/5/2015

In order to better assist vessels in understanding the situation in the central and eastern Mediterranean Sea and in contacting the appropriate rescue organization expeditiously, the NATO Shipping Centre has consolidated some of the relevant information, which can be viewed here.

Yemen Maritime Security Situation

Published 23/04/2015

The maritime security situation in Yemeni waters remains volatile and the operating status of many ports is unclear. Press reporting indicates that vessels bound for Yemeni ports will require clearance and/or inspection prior to entering Yemeni territorial waters and ports.  Vessels intending to call at Yemeni ports can expect delays and are strongly encouraged to engage with local shipping agents regarding port operations and entry requirements.

Published 09/04/2015

Open sources reporting indicates that regional military forces are conducting continued air and maritime operations in Yemen. Several countries are continuing to evacuate their citizens via Aden and Hodeida and reporting indicates possible separatists activities in southern Red Sea. Increased maritime traffic is expected as refugees attempt to cross the Gulf of Aden from Yemen. Additionally, press reports indicate that terrorists forces may have taken control of the eastern port city of Mukalla and attacked a military base. Although there is no specific reporting that indicates threats to merchant shipping by these forces, commercial vessels are highly encouraged to exercise increased vigilance while transiting the region, especially in the Bab el Mandeb and near Mukalla, and report any unusual activity.

 

Southeast Mediterranean Security Update

Published 23/04/2015

Press reports indicates that a fishing vessel in the vicinity of Libya was boarded by armed men. While the affiliation of these men is not confirmed, this incident highlights the continuing uncertain security situation in waters near Libya. Vessels intending to transit through this area are still encouraged to conduct thorough risk assessments in advance of their voyages and when travelling through them, to do so expeditiously and with increased vigilance.

 

Attack on Egyptian Naval Vessel

Multiple press sources have reported that an Egyptian Navy patrol boat was attacked on 12 November 2014 by armed militants aboard four small vessels approximately 40 nm from Damietta port. While there is not an identified, imminent threat to merchant traffic in the area, vessels transiting through the area are encourage to exercise increased vigilance and maintain close communication with port and flag state authorities and, as applicable, local shipping agents in accordance with the ISPS code. Any suspicious activity observed may be reported to the NATO Shipping Centre at info@shipping.nato.int or +44 1923956574

 

 

Airstrike on Tanker Outside Benghazi, Lybia

Libyan news sources have reported that an airstrike was conducted against a tanker in vicinity of Benghazi on 13 January. The security situation inside Libyan waters is deteriorating, while the risk of miscalculation and accidental targeting of civilian vessels by armed elements is increasing. Vessels intending to call at Libyan ports are strongly advised to conduct a thorough risk assessment in coordination with flag and port state authorities and local shipping agents before deciding whether or not to proceed.

 

 

 

 

 

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 NATO has historically maintained a presence in the Mediterranean and will continue to do so as we work with our partner nations to help ensure a prosperous maritime environment and foster strong relationships.  In support of this mission, the permanently manned NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the primary point of contact for the exchange of merchant shipping information between NATO's military authorities and the international shipping community.

In light of the above, commercial shipping relies on the principle of freedom of movement on the high seas to conduct its day to day business.  Maritime trade is a fundamental strategic interest to nations dependent on freedom of movement on the seas and their economic well-being.  Military operations at sea will frequently involve, or have some impact, on merchant shipping and likewise, merchant shipping may affect military operations.

In order to both reduce conflict of interest between military and merchant shipping and to enhance safety and security at sea, NATO developed and implemented the concept of Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS).  NCAGS is the provision of cooperation, guidance, advice and assistance to merchant shipping to enhance the safety and security of merchant ships in the vicinity of military activities like counter piracy or other military operations.

In conjunction with the above and as a supportive service of the NSC, NATO has conducted the counter-terrorism Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR continuously in the Mediterranean since 2001. The mandate of Operation Active Endeavour remains unchanged to conduct maritime operations in Mediterranean Sea to demonstrate NATO's resolve to help deter, defend, disrupt and protect against terrorism. Reducing the threat of terrorist attack requires constant vigilance on the part of the Alliance.

Additionally, and with support from the NSC, NATO conducts Operation OCEAN SHIELD, NATO’s counter piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and off the Horn of Africa. 

 POC

 

Somali Piracy Warning for Yachts

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security.

The website for the MARITIME TRADE INFORMATION SHARING CENTRE - GULF OF GUINEA, is operational.

http://www.mtisc-gog.org/

Also see the maritime security chart Q6114 on the following link:

http://www.mtisc-gog.org/assets/img/voluntary_reporting_area/vra-chart.pdf

 

 

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GUIDANCE AND PRODUCTS

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.

Newsletter

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.