Annex I: Supporting organisations
BIMCO is the world’s largest international shipping association, with around 2,000 members in more than 120 countries, representing 56% of the world’s tonnage. Our global membership includes shipowners, operators, managers, brokers and agents. A non-profit organisation, BIMCO’s mission is to be at the forefront of global developments in shipping, providing expert knowledge and practical advice to safeguard and add value to members’ businesses.
The Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) was established in 1994 as a not for profit Foundation and provides ship and terminal inspection data in an electronic report format to its members. The main objectives of CDI is to continuously improve the safety and quality performance of chemical marine transportation and storage; Through cooperation with industry and centres of education, drive the development of industry best practice in marine transportation and storage of chemical products; To provide information and advice on industy best practice and international legislation for marine transportation and storage of chemical products; To provide chemical companies with cost effective systems for risk assessment, thus assisting their commitment to Responsible Care and the Code of Distribution Management Practice.
Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the world’s largest cruise industry trade association, providing a unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. CLIA supports policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 25 million passengers who cruise annually and is dedicated to promote the cruise travel experience. The organization’s mission is to be the unified global organization that helps its members succeed by advocating, educating and promoting for the common interests of the cruise community.
ICS International Chamber of Shipping
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the international trade association for merchant ship operators. ICS represents the collective views of the international industry from different nations, sectors and trades. ICS membership comprises national shipowners’ associations representing over 80% of the world’s merchant fleet. A major focus of ICS activity is the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency with responsibility for the safety of life at sea and the protection of the marine environment. ICS is heavily involved in a wide variety of areas including any technical, legal and operational matters affecting merchant ships. ICS is unique in that it represents the global interests of all the different trades in the industry: bulk carrier, tanker, container, and passenger ship operators
The International Federation of Shipmasters’ Associations (IFSMA) was formed in 1974 by Eight National Shipmasters’ Associations to unite the World’s serving Shipmasters into a single professional co-ordinated body. It is a non-profit making apolitical organisation dedicated solely to the interest of the serving Shipmaster. The Federation is formed of around 11,000 Shipmasters from sixty Countries either through their National Associations or as Individual Members. In 1975, IFSMA was granted Consultative Status as a non governmental organisation at IMO which enables the Federation to represent the views and protect the interests of the serving Shipmasters.
Thirteen principal underwriting associations “the Clubs” comprise the International Group of P&I Clubs (IGP&I). They provide liability cover (protection and indemnity) for approximately 90% of the world’s ocean-going tonnage. The Clubs are mutual insurance associations providing cover for their members against third party liabilities relating to the use and operation of ships, including loss of life, pollution by oil and hazardous substances, wreck removal, collision and damage to property. Clubs also provide services to their members on claims handling, legal issues and loss prevention, and often play a leading role in coordinating the response to, and management of, maritime casualties.
The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is a leading trade association representing the vast majority of contractors and the associated supply chain in the offshore marine construction industry worldwide. We have a membership of 800 companies including contractors, suppliers, oil & gas companies, marine renewable energy companies and numerous non- governmental organisations (NGOs).
The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), established in 1980 in London and granted IMO NGO consultative status since 1993, is a voluntary non-profit association representing the interests of dry cargo vessel owners.
INTERCARGO provides the forum where quality dry bulk shipowners, managers and operators are informed about, discuss and share concerns on key topics and regulatory challenges, especially in relation to safety, the environment and operational excellence.
INTERCARGO promotes best practices and represents dry cargo shipping interests at IMO, other industry fora and the broader business context, basing its strategies on the principle of free and fair competition.
InterManager is the international trade association for the ship management industry established in 1991. It is the voice of ship management and the only organisation dedicated to representing the ship management and crew management industry. In today’s global shipping industry InterManager works for the needs of like-minded companies in the ship and crew management sector, who all have the welfare of seafarers at their heats. InterManager acts as a forum to share best practices and bring about positive change. An internationally-recognised organisation, InterManager represents its members at international level, lobbying on their behalf to ensure their views are taken into account within the worldwide maritime industry.
International Maritime Employers’ Council Ltd (IMEC)
IMEC is the only international employers’ organisation dedicated to maritime industrial relations. With offices in the UK and the Philippines, IMEC has a membership of over 235 shipowners and managers, covering some 8,000 ships with CBA’s, which IMEC negotiates on behalf of its members within the International Bargaining Forum (IBF).
IMEC is also heavily involved in maritime training. The IMEC Enhanced cadet programme in the Philippines currently has over 700 young people under training.
International Transport Workers’ Federation
The International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is an international trade union federation of transport workers’ unions. Any independent trade union with members in the transport industry is eligible for membership of the ITF. The ITF has been helping seafarers since 1896 and today represents the interests of seafarers worldwide, of whom over 880,000 are members of ITF affiliated unions. The ITF is working to improve conditions for seafarers of all nationalities and to ensure adequate regulation of the shipping industry to protect the interests and rights of the workers. The ITF helps crews regardless of their nationality or the flag of their ship.
INTERTANKO is the International Association of Independent Tanker Owners, a forum where the industry meets, policies are discussed and best practices developed. INTERTANKO has been the voice of independent tanker owners since 1970, ensuring that the liquid energy that keeps the world turning is shipped safely, responsibly and competitively.
The International Parcel Tankers Association (IPTA) was formed in 1987 to represent the interests of the specialised chemical/parcel tanker fleet and has since developed into an established representative body for ship owners operating IMO classified chemical/parcel tankers, being recognised as a focal point through which regulatory authorities and trade organisations may liaise with such owners. IPTA was granted consultative status as a Non- Governmental Organisation to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 1997 and is wholly supportive of the IMO as the only body to introduce and monitor compliance with international maritime legislation.
The International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) is an international NGO and UK registered charity set up to promote the welfare of seafarers worldwide. We are a membership organisation with ship owners, unions and welfare organisation as members. We work with a range of bodies including PandI Clubs, shipping companies, ports, and governments. Our focus is the wellbeing of the 1.5 million seafarers around the world.
We support seafarers and their families who are affected by piracy and our 24 hour multilingual helpline, SeafarerHelp, is free for seafarers to call from anywhere in the world.
Joint Hull Committee and Joint War Committee
The Joint Hull and Joint War Committees comprise elected underwriting representatives from both the Lloyd’s and IUA company markets, representing the interests of those who write marine hull and war business in the London market.
Both sets of underwriters are impacted by piracy issues and support the mitigation of the exposures they face through the owners’ use of BMP. The actions of owners and charterers will inform underwriters’ approach to risk and coverage.
The Mission to Seafarers
The Mission to Seafarers is the largest provider of port-based welfare services, providing 200 port chaplains and 121 seafarers’ centres across 50 countries. In addition to our services of free Wi-Fi, respite and transportation, all chaplains are trained in post-trauma counselling and are able to provide immediate support post attack or release, as well as connect with relevant professional services in a seafarer’s home country. We run family support networks in the Philippines, Myanmar, Ukraine and India offering access to education, training and medical and legal services. The Mission to Seafarers is pleased to support the creation of BMP5 and the associated resources and commends their use to all maritime personnel.
The Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) is a voluntary association of oil companies (the ‘members’) who have an interest in the shipment and terminalling of crude oil, oil products, petrochemicals and gas. OCIMF’s mission is to be the foremost authority on the safe and environmentally responsible operation of oil tankers, terminals and offshore support vessels, promoting continuous improvement in standards of design and operation.
Sailors’ Society is the world’s oldest maritime welfare organisation caring for seafarers and their families across the globe.
The charity works in ports across 30 countries and has projects ranging from medical centres to building boats to get children safely to school.
Our renowned Crisis Response Network helping victims of trauma at sea is run across Asia, Europe and Africa with plans to extend further.
Trained chaplains offer 24-hour support to victims of piracy, kidnapping and natural disasters and come alongside survivors and loved ones with psychological and financial help for as long as needed.
The Society for International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) is the international body established for the exchange of technical information and experience, between members of the industry, to enhance the safety and operational reliability of gas tankers and terminals.
To this end the Society publishes studies, and produces information papers and works of reference, for the guidance of industry members. It maintains working relationships with other industry bodies, governmental and intergovernmental agencies, including the International Maritime Organization, to better promote the safety and integrity of gas transportation and storage schemes.
World Shipping Council
The World Shipping Council (WSC) is the trade association that represents the international liner shipping industry. WSC’s member lines operate containerships, roll-on/roll-off vessels, and car carrier vessels that account for approximately 90 percent of the global liner vessel capacity. Collectively, these services transport about 60 percent of the value of global seaborne trade, or more than US$ 4 trillion worth of goods annually. WSC’s goal is to provide a coordinated voice for the liner shipping industry in its work with policymakers and other industry groups to develop actionable solutions for some of the world’s most challenging transportation problems. WSC serves as a non- governmental organization at the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) was established on 14 January 2009, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1851. This ad hoc international forum brings together more than 60 countries, regional and international organisations, all working together towards the prevention of piracy off the coast of Somalia.
The CGPCS coordinates political, military and non-governmental efforts to combat piracy, ensures that pirates are brought to justice and support local governments to develop sustainable maritime security capabilities. The group’s approach focuses on informality, inclusion and multi-stakeholder representation and is an attempt to find innovative solutions outside of formal international organisations.
Combined Maritime Forces
Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) is an enduring global maritime partnership of 32 willing nations aligned in common purpose to conduct Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in order to provide security and stability in the maritime environment. CMF operates three Combined Task Forces (CTF) across the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin, Northern Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Gulf. CTF150 is responsible for maritime security and counter-terrorism, CTF151 is responsible for deterring, disrupting and suppressing piracy and CTF152 is responsible for maritime security and counter-terrorism specifically in the Arabian Gulf. Visit www.combinedmaritimeforces.com or e-mail us at
Piracy and other maritime security issues have continued to be a threat to mariners who transit the Southern Rea Sea, Horn of Africa and the Western Indian Ocean. The mission of the European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) is (1) to PROTECT World Food Programme and other vulnerable shipping and (2) to deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea. This requires (3) the enhancement of cooperation and coordination with an increasingly wide range of maritime actors to uphold freedom of navigation across a broad maritime security architecture. EU NAVFOR is also tasked with (4) monitoring fishing activities off the coast of Somalia. Thus, acting as a catalyst for action, EU NAVFOR continues to promote solutions to regional maritime security issues, thereby contributing to the EU’s much wider security, capacity- building and capability-building work in this strategically important location.
The Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) is an integral part of EU NAVFOR, sitting functionally within the Operational Headquarters and staffed by military and civilian EU NAVFOR personnel. The MSCHOA provides a service to mariners in the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin and off the Horn of Africa. It is a Coordination Centre dedicated to safeguarding legitimate freedom of navigation in light of the risk of attack against merchant shipping in the region, in support of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions (UNSCR) 1816 and subsequent reviews. EU NAVFOR and CMF are committed to ensuring that mariners have the most up to date regular threat assessments and incident specific bulletins, published by the MSCHOA. Through close dialogue with shipping companies, ships’ masters and other interested parties, MSCHOA builds up a picture of vulnerable shipping in these waters and their approaches. The MSCHOA can then act as a focal point sharing information to provide support and protection to maritime traffic. There is a clear need to protect ships and their crews from illegitimate and dangerous attacks, safeguarding a key global trade route.
IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
Established in 1992, IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC) provides the shipping industry with a free 24-hour service to report any piracy or armed robbery incidents occurring anywhere in the world.
The IMB PRC is an independent and non-governmental agency aimed at raising awareness of areas at risk of these attacks. As a trusted point of contact for shipmasters reporting incidents to the IMB PRC from anywhere in the world, the IMB PRC immediately relays all incidents to the local law enforcement requesting assistance. Information is also immediately broadcast to all vessels via Inmarsat Safety Net to provide and increase awareness.
Information Fusion Centre
The Information Fusion Centre (IFC), based in Singapore, serves as the regional Maritime Security (MARSEC) information-sharing hub. It has linkages with more than 70 regional and extra-regional Operational Centres (OPCENs) from navies and law enforcement agencies in 39 countries, as well as linkages with the shipping industry. It is also the only centre in the Asia-Pacific with International Liaison Officers (ILOs) from 16 countries.
The IFC collates and analyses relevant information to produce accurate, timely and actionable products, which enable its partners to respond to MARSEC incidents in good time. It also provides practical and useful information on MARSEC trends, incidents and best practices to the shipping industry. IFC also administers the Voluntary Community Reporting (VCR) for merchant vessels to report anomalies and incidents, enabling community contribution to Safe and Secure Seas for All.
INTERPOL has a dedicated unit for maritime piracy that works with the police, navy and private sector in member countries, and can provide support to ship operators who have had their ships hijacked. INTERPOL’s Maritime Security sub- Directorate (MTS) can be consulted on the recommended practices and action to be taken to help preserve the integrity of any evidence left behind following a pirate attack that could be useful to law enforcement agents pursuing an investigation.
MTS can be contacted on tel +33 472 44 72 33 or via email [email protected] during business hours (GMT 08H00 – 17H00).
Outside of normal business hours, contact can be made via INTERPOL’s Command and Co-ordination Centre (CCC). The CCC is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and supports INTERPOL’s 190 member countries faced with a crisis situation or requiring urgent operational assistance. The CCC operates in all four of Interpol’s official languages (English, French, Spanish and Arabic). Contact details are: tel +33 472 44 7676; email [email protected].
It is recommended that ship operators contact INTERPOL within 3 days of a hijacking of their ship.
The Naval Cooperation & Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) mission is to facilitate the exchange of information between the United States Navy,
Combined Maritime Forces, and the commercial maritime community in the United States Central Command’s (CENTCOM) Area of Responsibility. NCAGS operates as a conduit for information focused on the safety and security of shipping and is committed to assisting all members of the commercial maritime community. To help combat piracy, NCAGS serves as a secondary emergency point of contact for mariners in distress (after UKMTO) and also disseminates transit guidance to the maritime industry. NCAGS disseminates guidance to merchant shippers via briefings, website, email, and duty phone concerning Naval Exercises, Boardings, Aids to Navigation, Environmental Issues, MEDEVAC Assistance, Security and Augments, Regional Search and Rescue Centres.
UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) capability acts as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaison with military forces within the region. UKTMO also administers the Voluntary Reporting Scheme, under which merchant vessels are encouraged to send regular reports, providing their position/speed and ETA at the next port of call, in accordance with the Maritime Security Chart Q6099.
Emerging and time relevant information impacting commercial traffic can then be passed directly to vessels at sea, and responding assets accordingly, therefore improving the collective responsiveness to an incident. For further information on UKMTO please contact:
Emergency Telephone Numbers: +44 (0)2392 222060 or +971 5055 23215 e-mail: [email protected]