UKMTO Enquiries: +44 (0) 2392 222065
Date: 23rd October 2021
Location: 124300N, 431600E
UKMTO NOTICE 001/OCT/2021 – UPDATE 001
1. Category: Interim Telephone Number
2. Description: Essential Maintenance complete, UKMTO telephone service resumed.
Please revert to UKMTO registered telephone numbers below:
Emergency Tel: +44 (0)2392 222060
Emergency Tel: +971 5055 23215
3. Normal service has resumed.
Date: 3rd September 2021
Location: 251600N, 0551700E
Ref: UKMTO Notice 001/Sep/2021
1. Category: UKMTO (Dubai) Vessel Briefings
2. Description: UKMTO (Dubai) has resumed face-to-face Maritime Security briefs. The briefing team will continue to comply with all local CV-19 advice and any additional covid-related restrictions in place on-board. Commercial shipping companies and ship’s masters are still able to receive the latest UKMTO Maritime Security updates and briefs via telephone, teleconference (Zoom & Teams) or by e-mail using the contact details contained within Maritime Security Chart (Q6099) or directly from [email protected] +971 43094268/4462
3. This notices supersedes UKMTO Notice 010 Feb 2021
Date: 25th August 2021
Location: 121417N, 0535009E
UKMTO NOTICE 001/AUG/2021
1. Category: Released on behalf of industry - change to Indian Ocean HRA.
2. Description: Change in piracy threats in Indian Ocean prompts re-think of High Risk Area (HRA)
A continued downward trend in Somali piracy has prompted leading shipping organisations to reduce the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean, which will apply from 1 September 2021.
In broad terms, the changes agreed by BIMCO, ICS, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO, and OCIMF, representing the global shipping and oil industries, will reduce the HRA boundaries to the Yemeni and Somali Territorial Seas and Exclusive Economic Zones in its eastern and southern reaches.
The HRA was created at the height of the Somali piracy threat in 2010 to show shipowners, operators, and seafarers where pirates operated and where extra vigilance was required to avoid attacks.
Subsequent updates to the HRA have reflected the changing nature of threats in the region, including the successful suppression of Somali pirate action. Somali pirate groups have not attacked a merchant vessel since 2017, while new asymmetric threats from local conflicts and insurgents have emerged as well as the existence of more severe security threats, such as piracy off West Africa, necessitating a change in how industry assesses such dangers to shipping.
Guy Platten, ICS Secretary General said: “The security landscape is constantly evolving, and as new security threats have emerged or intensified outside the Indian Ocean it has become clear the HRA is outdated and misleading. At the height of the crisis the HRA was essential in raising awareness of the Somali Pirate threat and the need to apply mitigation measures, but it has essentially served its purpose in protecting crews and vessels in the region. Now our attention must shift to ensure we cover all maritime security threats around the globe so we continue to protect the lives of our seafarers and keep global trade moving.”
David Loosley, BIMCO Secretary General and CEO said: “The current form of the HRA is no longer the best way to guide maritime security risk management processes. As demonstrated with the recent security incidents in the waters around the Arabian Peninsula, we need a more granular approach to the concepts of threat and risk. The next logical step is to develop a global, threat-based concept which captures how ships of various type, size, nationality, ownership etc. face different risk levels.”
Katherina Stanzel, INTERTANKO Managing Director said: “This new designation is an interim measure to allow for the continued application of BMP 5 whilst the Co-Authors undertake substantive work to address maritime security threats in a global context.”
Robert Drysdale, OCIMF Managing Director said: “This adjustment to the HRA better reflects the reality of the piracy threat but given the breadth of maritime security threats faced by seafarers, a more intuitive and dynamic system for highlighting threats will be most welcome.”
The new coordinates of the HRA are:
From position A (Latitude of 01 30’S on the Somali coast), a line to
Position B (01° 30’ S – 046° 00’ E), a line to
Position C (01° 00’ N – 049° 30’ E), a line to
Position D (09° 00’ N – 055° 00’ E), a line to
Position E (14° 20’ N – 057° 30’ E), a line to
Position F (the Yemen coast at longitude 053° 00’ E), then
Follow the Yemeni coast westwards and northwards, to
Position G (the Yemeni Red Sea coast at latitude 15° 00’ N), then a line to
Position H (the Eritrea territorial sea border at latitude 15° 00’ N), then
Follow southwards first Eritrea’s and then Djibouti’s territorial sea borders, to
Position I (the coastal border point between Djibouti and Somalia), then
Follow the Somali coast eastwards and then southwards, to Position A.
4. Source: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS)
5. Any queries regarding this UKMTO Notice ring 0044 2392 222060 only for further information.
Email: [email protected]
Emergency Tel: +44 (0)2392 222060
Emergency Tel: +971 5055 23215
Date: 9th February 2021
Location: 263900N, 0563500E
Ref: UKMTO NOTICE 008/FEB/2021 UKMTO is issuing this Notice to global maritime operators in order to remind mariners and ship operators of the recommended procedures for transiting the Strait of Hormuz. BMP5 remains the basis for merchant ship conduct, reporting and monitoring in the area. In addition vessels and companies will need to be aware of their own Flag State guidance. All vessels are strongly advised to remain within International Waters and, where practicable, should avoid transiting through Iranian TTW, including the areas claimed by Iran around the islands of:
• Abu Musa, 250 52’ N 550 02’E
• Greater Tunb 260 15’N 550 16’E
• Lesser Tunb 260 14’N 550 08’E
In the event of merchant vessels being hailed masters should respond with ship’s name, flag state and confirm that they are proceeding in accordance with International Law. If contacted by Iranian authorities, it is recommended that masters contact UKMTO. UKMTO recommends all merchant shipping maintain transmissions on AIS throughout the region to avoid mis-identification and to assist with merchant shipping monitoring.
Location: 124200N, 0432100E
Ref: UKMTO NOTICE 007/FEB/2021 UKMTO is aware that the Yemeni coastguard are coordinating increased patrols and VHF hailings with merchant vessels in the vicinity of Bab El Mandeb. This information is being made available for company awareness.
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