Issued by: BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and OCIMF
21 October 2020
A. BMP West Africa.
B. UKHO Security Chart Q6114/SHOM Chart 8801CSD.
As the dry season approaches and sea conditions abate, an increase in attacks has traditionally been seen, so maritime security risks to vessels operating in the Gulf of Guinea require renewed attention. Masters and crews need to be extra vigilant and ensure all security measures are taken.
To ensure the safety of all vessels and afford best protection to global trade it is vital:
CSO’s and masters should note, pirate gangs also attack in harbour and on loading installations. In addition to COVID 19 restrictions, crew should only leave the vessel if necessary, during their duties. Gangway staff should be briefed and instructed to keep a good look out for suspicious activity.
MDAT-GOG will share information of vessels being attacked with the navies operating in the region. Questions regarding information sharing can be directed to MDAT-GOG.
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