NATO Maritime Security Shield, piracy weekly update

The threat of piracy against merchant shipping continues to be present throughout the entire High Risk Area (HRA). Successful disruptions by naval forces over the past months, in conjunction with masters’ adherence and implementation of BMP4, have significantly reduced the pirates’ ability to capture vessels. It is imperative that merchant vessels remain vigilant at all times in transit and/or at anchorage and fully implement protection measures set down in BMP4 across the whole HRA. Small craft conducting legitimate activities such as fishing are present in much of the HRA and may be difficult to distinguish from pirates.

Terrorism Threat

Although there are various terrorist groups and organizations operating in the region the NATO Shipping Centre has no information of an imminent attack either on land or at sea.  However it is recommended that ships remain vigilant and report suspicious activity or security concerns.

Registration & Incident Reporting

Registration with MSCHOA before entering the HRA and initial and regular reporting to UKMTO are highly recommended to ensure military authorities are aware of a vessel’s passage and vulnerabilities. UKMTO should be immediately telephoned at +971 50 55 23215 in the event of any piracy activity. If Masters are able to take pictures and/or video of the suspicious activity safely, please provide these via email to UKMTO at ukmto@eim.ae or MSCHOA at postmaster@mschoa.org. This information will be used by Counter Piracy Forces.

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The Maritime Security Alliance offers the service of one single contact for integrated solutions against piracy.

 

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