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CreatedThursday, 29 December 2011
Last modifiedSaturday, 17 March 2018
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Best Managment Practice for the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia.
In an effort to counter Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off the east coast of Somalia industry bodies including the International Maritime Bureau have published the Best Managment Practice (BMP) guidelines. Please click here to download a copy of the BMP pdf.
ALL SHIPS TRANSITING OFF MANGKAI ISLAND / ANAMBAS ISLANDS / SOUTH CHINA SEA
Three vessels have been attacked by armed pirates in the last few days in position lat. 02:58N – 105:14E, 02:58N – 105:11E and 02:47N – 105:07E. It appears that a group of about 5 to 8 armed pirates are targeting vessels during the hours of darkness in the area. The authorities have been notified.
AREA OF OPERATION OF SUSPECTED SOMALI PIRATES INCREASING
It appears that the pirates are now attacking ships off the entire coast of Somalia. All Masters are alerted that the pirates are extending their area of operation into the Bab al Mandab Straits, southern Red Sea and the Arabian Sea (off Oman). A general cargo ship has been hijacked off the coast of Oman while six incidents have been reported in the Bab el Mandab Straits in 24 hours.
Incidents in the Gulf of Aden have mostly occurred in the vicinity around 12 / 14 degrees north and 046 / 053 degrees east.
Other areas of attacks include, in the north Red Sea / Bab al Mandeb Straits and Arabian Sea / (off Oman). Pirates are firing automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades in an attempt to intimidate the master and board and hijack the vessels.
Pirates are also attacking ships very far off the eastern and southern coast of Somalia. Vessels are advised to keep more than 600 nm from the coastline.
All ships are advised to monitor warnings broadcast by the IMB PRC. The warnings will also include the description of the pirate skiffs and/or pirate mother vessels and other details if available. Early assessment / detection will allow ships to take evasive measures to prevent boarding and request for assistance
All attacks including sightings of suspicious crafts / mother ships should be reported to the 24 hour manned IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.Tel: 00 60 3 2078 5763 / 00 60 3 2031 0014 Email: email@example.com" mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com" mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org
Intelligence sources revealed that there are a number of suspicious vessels in the Gulf of Aden believed to be pirate mother vessels looking to attack ships with the intent to hijack.
The description of some of the suspected pirate mother ships are as follows - long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names "BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA".
ARENA or ATHENA
Source: Coalition Forces
- Commercial Crime Services
- IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
- Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau
- International Maritime Bureau
- Financial Investigation Bureau