Increased Security Threats For Vessels Operating In The Gulf Of Guinea

BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and OCIMF warns that as the dry season approaches and sea conditions abate, an increase in attacks in the Gulf of Guinea has traditionally been seen, so maritime security risks to vessels operating in the Gulf of Guinea require renewed attention.

Reference:

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:

Comply with Flag State Requirements and Guidance.CSOs and Masters apply the recommendations in BMP West Africa.The citadel is equipped with a Satellite telephone (BMP WA Page 22).Masters familiarise themselves with BMP WA Section 7 (Ships Under Attack).Masters register with MDAT-GOG when entering the West African VRA (Ref A & B) and if operating inside the VRA, report daily.Any significant changes to ETAs should be reflected in Line 6 (Other important Info) of the Daily/Transit Position Report to MDAT-GOG (BMP WA Annex D).The AIS Policy is clearly defined (BMP WA Page 13). It should be noted the Nigerian Navy arrests any ship found to have switched off their AIS. A decision to switch off AIS should therefore be based on concerns over safety and/o....

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