Piracy High Risk Area boundaries reduced in Indian Ocean

11th March 2019

The Round Table of international shipping associations plus the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) have issued new advice to merchant ship operators about the boundaries, while emphasising that a serious threat from piracy still exists in the region.

The High Risk Area reflects the area where the threat from piracy exists, whilst recognising the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean.

The industry group which has redefined the boundaries includes BIMCO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO. The reduction to the High Risk Area is said to take full account of recent shipping industry experience, pirate intent and capability and follows extensive consultation with nations, collations and military naval forces, including Combined Maritime Forces, EUNAVFOR and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO).

The regional UKHO Maritime Security Chart, Q6099, will be updated by a Notice to Mariners and a new version produced to reflect these changes which take effect from 01 May 2019. The new advice can be downloaded via the industry organisations website:

https://www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org/risksissues/piracy/ 

The industry associations also emphasised that in view of the continuing threat of pirate attacks, shipping companies must continue to maintain full compliance with BMP5 and be vigilant in their voluntary reporting on piracy incidents, sighting of potential pirates, and any suspicious activity.

Source: Schednet 

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