Thursday, June 28, 2018

New Website is Weapon in the Marine Security War Against Ocean Piracy

Shipping Groups Collaborate to Offer Best Management Advice and Practices
Shipping News Feature
WORLDWIDE – As a result of increasingly complex security risks to mariners and ships across the globe, a group of international shipping industry organisations have collaborated to launch a new website dedicated to providing companies and those at sea comprehensive guidance on a range of maritime security issues as well as access to other useful maritime and military security resources. Amongst these resources are the recently updated, and much quoted, Best Management Practices (BMP) for dealing with incidences of piracy.

The new website will be a freely available facility where companies and mariners can access essential guidance and information to help them comprehensively prepare for voyages through areas which historically pose a security risk. Industry associations involved in organising the website include Bimco, ICS, Intercargo, InterManager, the International Group of P&I Clubs, Intertanko, and OCIMF.

The aim of the collaboration is to ease access for companies and seafarers to maritime security related information and guidance. Central to the website are new best practice guides to help companies and mariners risk assess voyages and mitigate against external threats to their safety. These are covered in three publications:

  • Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers. A new publication containing guidance on piracy and armed robbery that can be used by mariners around the world.
  • BMP5: Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Safety in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. Containing guidance for region-specific threats.
  • The third edition of the Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for protection against piracy and armed robbery in the Gulf of Guinea region.
Piracy of course has slipped down the trade media headlines of late, mainly as a result of the success of naval operations such as those conducted by EU NAVFOR off the Somali coastline and throughout the Indian Ocean. The threat however simply switches to other less publicised regions and any reduction in vigilance and prevention can lead to incidences of piracy in many places around the globe.