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Effective Date: 1830 (UTC) Monday 1 September 2014 

 

 Recent Activity

 

  

24 hrs

There have been no significant changes in the last 24 hours.

48 hrs

There have been no significant changes in the last 48 hours.

72 hrs

 

There have been no significant changes in the last 72 hours

 

 Known Pirate Activity Map (PAM)

 Standing Guidance & Advice

Piracy Threat

The threat of piracy against merchant shipping continues to be present throughout the entire High Risk Area (HRA). Successful disruptions by naval forces over the past months, in conjunction with masters’ adherence and implementation of BMP4, have significantly reduced the pirates’ ability to capture vessels.

During the Spring Transition, NNE winds moderate and sea states from the NE will produce favourable conditions in the Golf of Aden and Somali Basin for single skiffs and whalers to operate.

Terrorism Threat

Although there are various terrorist groups and organizations operating in the region the NATO Shipping Centre has no information of an imminent attack either on land or at sea.  However it is recommended that ships remain vigilant and report suspicious activity or security concerns.

NSC Standing Guidance

It is imperative that merchant vessels remain vigilant at all times in transit and/or at anchorage and fully implement protection measures set down in BMP4 across the whole HRA. Small craft conducting legitimate activities such as fishing are present in much of the HRA and may be difficult to distinguish from pirates. See the NSC Weekly Update (http://www.shipping.nato.int/operations/OS/Pages/NSC-Weekly-Update.aspx) and Fishing templates(http://www.shipping.nato.int/operations/OS/Pages/Fishing_in_the_HRA.aspx) for more detailed guidance. NSC will issue alerts in the event of piracy attacks, approaches or suspicious activities are observed.

Registration & Incident Reporting

Registration with MSCHOA before entering the HRA and initial and regular reporting to UKMTO are highly recommended to ensure military authorities are aware of a vessel’s passage and vulnerabilities. UKMTO should be immediately telephoned at +971 50 55 23215 in the event of any piracy activity. If Masters are able to take pictures and/or video of the suspicious activity safely, please provide these via email to UKMTO at ukmto@eim.ae, NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) at info@shipping.nato.int or MSCHOA at postmaster@mschoa.org. This information will be used by Counter Piracy forces.