Yemen port security update
Our correspondents in Dubai – GAC - have provided the following bulletin in respect to the continuing conflict in the Yemen and its impact on key ports.
Increased kidnap threat in S E Asia
Another serious daylight attack on a merchant ship took place in the Sulu Sea- Celebes area on Sunday 19th February when pirates boarded the bulk carrier Giang Hai killing one crew member and abducting six officers and crew.
IMB reports maritime kidnapping at a 10 year high
More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years. The ICC International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) annual piracy report published on the 10th January reveals a three-fold increase in kidnappings since 2015 despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998.
Guidance for entry to Yemen ports and waters
The Club has obtained the latest advice on complying with the requirements for entering Yemen waters and ports for commercial shipping. Local correspondents GAC Hodeidah have supplied the following supporting advice and the Club has produced an accompanying rough translation of the compliance form for Members’ guidance. Members are recommended to liaise with local agents to ensure compliance with the latest requirements.
Rocket attacks against shipping off Yemen coast
There is a continuing threat to shipping from missile attacks from the Yemen coast. On Wednesday 21st December another attack killed seven Pakistani seafarers when their Iranian general cargo ship Jouya 8 en route from Egypt to Dubai was hit and caught fire.
Best Management Practices (West Africa) - Latest updated guidelines
The continuing threat of piracy and crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea region has led to further update of the maritime industry “Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea”.
Important changes to Gulf of Guinea security support & advice
The Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG) has announced the closure of the original project and commencement of a new Anglo-French operation with effect from 0800 20th June 2016. The full announcement of the new reporting centre and other related information is provided here.
Armed robbery incident in Mauritania
The UK P&I Club has advised of its concerns on the risk of robbery and attack at Nouadhibou, Mauritania. A gang of men armed with knives boarded one of their Member's ships during loading operations and threatened the crew. The gang also broke into the ship’s stores and machinery spaces and stole various supplies.
BIMCO/BMP4 – Revision of Indian Ocean High Risk Area
Members will likely be aware that BIMCO have announced that its definition of the Indian Ocean “High Risk Area” contained within BMP 4 is revised with effect from the 1st December 2015. The UK War Risks Club’s Additional Premium Areas are not defined by the BMP 4 guidelines. They are determined by the Club after consideration of the latest decision of the Joint War Committee’s listed areas of heightened risk.