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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 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. 






Somali Piracy Warning for Yachts

Gulf of Guinea – Maritime Security.



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





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.

Libyan Air Force Notice Regarding Port of Misrata

According to press reports, the Libyan Air Force has issued a notice that any vessels approaching the port of Misrata will be subject to airstrikes beginning 9 Jan. In light of the recent airstrike on a tanker in vicinity of Derna on 4 Jan, vessels that are transiting through the Mediterranean are advised to remain clear of Libyan waters. Vessels intending to call at Misrata are advised to contact port and flag state authorities and local shipping agents for further instruction.


Airstrike on Tanker in Libyan Waters

 A tanker vessel was the victim of an airstrike outside the port of Dern on 4 January. This incident highlights the uncertain security situation in waters near libya. Vessels transiting through the eastern Mediterranean are encouraged to remain well clear of Libyan waters. Vessels calling at Libyan ports are advised to exrcise increased vigilance and maintain close communication with port and flag state authorities and 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


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.



 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. 


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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.