Piracy

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
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
IMB Piracy Reporting Centre - Maritime Security Hotline July 2013
Horn of Africa and Somali Basin – Continuing Piracy Operations (NSC Update) July 2013
The Human Cost of Maritime Piracy 2012 Report June 2013
The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy - 2012 Report April 2013
Gulf of Guinea - Emergency Contact Details for Nigerian waters March 2013
Gulf of Guinea - Interim Industry Guidelines on Protection against Piracy and Armed Robbery December 2012
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
IMB Piracy Alert 184 - All ships transiting Red Sea/Gulf of Aden/Off Oman/Indian Ocean June 2012
BIMCO publishes much anticipated GUARDCON Contract March 2012
Navigation off the Indian Coast - Mistaking Fishing Boats with Pirates Skiffs March 2012
IMO Circ 1334 Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships March 2012
The Economic Cost of Somali Piracy - 2011 Report March 2012
NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Update - 26 January to 1 February 2012 February 2012
NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Update - 19 to 25 January 2012 January 2012
UK Foreign Affairs Committee Report - Piracy off the coast of Somalia January 2012
NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Update - 29 December 2011 to 4 January 2012 January 2012
Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme - Good Practice Guide January 2012
NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Assessment - 22 to 28 December 2011 January 2012
NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Assessment -15 to 21 December 2011 December 2011
NATO Shipping Centre Weekly Unclassified Update - 8 to 14 December 2011 December 2011
International Code of Conduct for Private Security Service Providers October 2011
Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel - IMO Updates Interim Guidance October 2011
Piracy - Red Sea Attacks Mark Shift in Tactics September 2011
Piracy - Industry Best Management Practices - BMP4 August 2011
Benin - Piracy in Vicinity of Cotonou July 2011
Venezuela – Piracy/Armed Robbery at Puerto la Cruz July 2011
The Human Cost of Somali Piracy July 2011
ReCAAP Report on Hijacked/Missing Barges in Asia June 2011
MSCHOA - Changes to Vessel Movement Registration Instructions May 2011
Piracy Information-Sharing Centre in Mombasa commissioned by IMO Secretary-General April 2011
The Economic Cost of Maritime Piracy January 2011
ICC IMB Piracy Report 2010 January 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
Industry Best Management Practice to Deter Piracy - Edition 3 June 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
Somali Hijackings in the Indian Ocean - Extract from IMB Bulletin 22 November 2009
Piracy Summary - Extract from IMB Bulletin 22 November 2009
U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Advisory on Firearms November 2009
Unprecedented Increase in Somali Pirate Activity October 2009
Chinese Bulk Carrier Hijacked in Indian Ocean October 2009
IMO Maritime Safety Committee Circulars of June 2009 August 2009
U.S. Coast Guard issues Maritime Security Directive 104-6 May 2009
ICS Piracy Update - Indian Ocean Off Coast of Somalia May 2009
EU NAVFOR OP ATALANTA & IMB Industry Update May 2009
MARAD Advisory - Gulf Of Aden, Red Sea And Indian Ocean Transits May 2009
Suppression of Piracy and Criminal Acts off Somalia April 2009
Measures to Avoid, Deter or Delay Piracy Attacks - OCIMF Booklet March 2009
Piracy - Somalia and Gulf of Aden November 2008
Piracy September 2008
Piracy Alert - Nigeria and Somalia August 2007