UKMTO Enquiries: +44 (0) 2392 222065
Date: 27th May 2020
Location: 230000N, 0633000E
REF: UKMTO Notice 001/May/2020
Industry can be reassured that UKMTO remains fully operational during the COVID 19 global pandemic. Commercial shipping companies and ship’s masters are still able to receive the latest UKMTO Maritime Security updates and briefs via telephone or by e-mail using the following contact details contained within the Maritime Security Chart (Q6099) and/or directly from Dubai-OiC@ukmto.org +971 43094268/4462
Date: 24th January 2020
Location: 254902N, 0532506E
REF: UKMTO NOTICE 004 JAN 2020
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.
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