Articles providing guidance on measures to avoid or minimise the risk of piracy attack, together with EU NAVFOR, NATO Shipping Centre, MARAD and industry bulletins on the areas most affected are given below.

The situation is constantly changing, and those requiring up to the minute information can find further details on the websites of the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa, www.mschoa.org and the NATO Shipping Centre http://www.shipping.nato.int/nsc.aspx. These sites are excellent sources of information. In the case of MSCHOA, in order to have full access to the site, including the latest alerts, advice to Masters and transit guidance, users are required and encouraged to register at www.mschoa.org/Pages/Register.aspx

The Club’s loss prevention DVD on this subject, “Piracy – The Menace at Sea”, which won the 2012 Seatrade Safety at Sea Award, is available on request to the Managers’ London representatives, and the film can be viewed at the following page of this website: www.steamshipmutual.com/PiracyDVD.htm

Other useful websites and resources:

Save Our Seafarers Campaign

A group of the world’s largest maritime organisations, ITF, ICS, INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO and BIMCO, have joined together to raise awareness of the human and economic cost of Somali piracy. The campaign asks Governments to take a firmer stance to help eradicate piracy. The Save Our Seafarers campaign website can be found at: www.saveourseafarers.com

Title Date
Cotonou (Benin) anti piracy measures January 2020
Piracy - Best Management Practices - BMP5 July 2018
Piracy & Abduction Alert, Sulu-Celebes Sea Region November 2016
Counter Piracy Revision of the Indian Ocean High Risk Area October 2015
ReCAAP Siphoning of Fuel/Oil at Sea in Asia July 2014
Piracy Alert - Armed Security in Nigerian Waters June 2014
Nipah anchorage, Indonesia - Tanker Incident October 2013
Gulf of Guinea - Emergency Contact Details for Nigerian waters March 2013
MARAD Advisory - Vessels Operating In The Gulf Of Oman, North Arabian Sea, Gulf Of Aden, And Bab El Mandeb Regions July 2012
IMO Guidance on Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel in the High Risk Area July 2012
BIMCO publishes much anticipated GUARDCON Contract March 2012
IMO Circ 1334 Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships March 2012
Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme - Good Practice Guide January 2012
International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers October 2011
U.S. Coast Guard Advisory on Piracy - Emerging Security Threats Against Vessels November 2010
Piracy - is Cargo Lost? September 2010
Piracy - an Off-Hire Event? September 2010
U.S. Coast Guard Ports Information Matrix as at 18 May 2010 (PSA 08-09) May 2010
U.S. Executive Order on Somalia - Impact on Ransom Payments April 2010
Pirates Thwarted (Extract from Sea Venture issue 15) March 2010
Piracy and Legal Issues - Reconciling Public and Private Interests (Chatham House) December 2009
U.S. Coast Guard Supplementary Advisory on Anti-Piracy Defensive Measures December 2009
U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Advisory on Firearms November 2009
EU NAVFOR OP ATALANTA & IMB Industry Update May 2009
Piracy September 2008