“We’ve been advised that these threats are real, and therefore decided to provide guidance for ships operating in the area. We have seen two incidents in January, and we want to make sure owners and operators are aware and advise their crews accordingly,” says Angus Frew, BIMCO Secretary General and CEO.
It is important that company security officers (CSO)s and ship masters are informed of these new threats, as the threat patterns and mitigating measures differ from the more familiar regional threat of piracy.
The guidance stresses the importance of using the Maritime Security Transit Corridor, registration with MSCHOA and reporting to UKMTO, as well as reviewing and updating risk assessments and plans to include these new threats. The guidance also includes advice specific to identified threat types, including WBIEDs and complements the guidance provided in BMP 4.
Hear BIMCO's Head of Maritime Security, Phil Tinsley, highlight some of the key areas for CSOs and masters to consider before they navigate in this region.
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