Telephone: +44(0)1923 956574 Fax: +44(0)1923 956575 E-Mail info@shipping.nato.int

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 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. 






Published 08/10/2015

Organisations representing the global shipping and oil/gas industry have announced changes to the definition of the High Risk Area (HRA) that will be effective from 1 dec 15.

These changes can be accessed at the international chamber of shipping website at:


The registration and reporting processes with MSCHOA and UKMTO as defined in BMP4 will not change as a consequence of future changes to the HRA.

Suez Canal Update

Published 02/9/2015

The second lane of the Suez Canal has opened without incident on August 6th, 2015, and traffic through both lanes is flowing smoothly. However, while there is not an announced, imminent threat to the Canal or civilian shipping in the area, multiple incidents in the recent past show the enduring willingness of extremist groups to disrupt the flow of traffic in the region. Vessels should maintain strict compliance with current security policies and regulations when transiting through the area.

Attack on Egyptian Naval Vessel

Published 17/7/2015

As has been widely reported in the press, an Egyptian naval vessel was attacked in the vicinity of Rafah, Egypt, along the northern coast of the Sinai Peninsula. While there is not an identified, imminent threat to commercial shipping, this event, combined with the November hijacking of an Egyptian naval vessel and reports of a thwarted plot targeting the Suez Canal, highlights an increasingly tense security situation in the waters surrounding the Suez Canal and the Sinai Peninsula. Vessels are encouraged to exercise increased vigilance when transiting through these areas.

Airstrike on vessel near Derna, Libya

Published 19/5/2015

Multiple news agencies have reported that an airstrike was conducted on a merchant vessel in vicinity of Derna, Libya 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 Migrant 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.

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.


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. 



Somali Piracy Warning for Yachts

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security.



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





Alert Map RSS
Map showing last 30 days, for other options visit Larger Map Map Display Element
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.