Oct 262008
 

MAC has received the following advisory:

***** VIA NOTICE TO MARINERS US SHIP OPERATOR EMAIL DISTRIBUTION ***** GULF OF ADEN PIRACY COUNTERMEASURES

***** ALL OPERATORS OF U.S. FLAG, EFFECTIVE U.S. CONTROLLED VESSELS, AND OTHER MARITIME INTERESTS *****

1. THIS MARAD ADVISORY PROVIDES SUGGESTED PIRACY COUNTERMEASURES FOR COMMERCIAL VESSELS TRANSITING THE GULF OF ADEN. THESE GUIDELINES USED INPUT FROM IMO/MSC/CIRCULAR 623/REV.3, WHICH SHOULD BE REVIEWED FOR APPROPRIATE IMPLEMENTATION: (HTTP://WWW.IMO.ORG/INCLUDES/BLAST_BINDOC.ASP?DOC_ID=941&FORMAT=PDF).

2. AN OFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE REVIEW OF INCIDENT REPORTS IN THE GULF OF ADEN BETWEEN 15 JULY 2008 TO 15 SEPTEMBER 2008 INDICATES THAT:Failed deals with private contractors may have given the pirates their skills

  • ALL BUT ONE HIJACKING OCCURRED DURING DAYLIGHT HOURS. NO VESSELS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED IN THE GULF OF ADEN BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 1800 AND 0400 LOCAL TIME.

  • VESSELS OPERATING UNDER 16 KNOTS AND WITH A LOW FREEBOARD (LESS THAN SIX METERS) SHOULD CONSIDER THEMSELVES AT EXTREMELY HIGH RISK OF BEING ATTACKED BY PIRATES.

  • OPERATORS OF VESSELS WITH THESE CHARACTERISTICS SHOULD CONSIDER THE LACK OF PIRATE ACTIVITY AT NIGHT WHEN PLANNING A TRANSIT.

3. PREPARATION OF TRANSIT:

  • NOTIFY MARLO BAHRAIN OF SCHEDULE 48 HOURS PRIOR TO PASSAGE. CONTACT MARLO AT: MARLO.BAHRAIN@ME.NAVY.MIL DUTY PHONE: +973-3940-1395.

  • SECURE A PRE-DESIGNATED AREA FOR CREWMEMBERS TO MUSTER.

  • SECURE ALTERNATIVE STEERING LOCATION, IF POSSIBLE.

  • PREPARE A LIST OF CONTACT NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR ASSISTANCE.

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  1. EMPHASIZE EXTRA SECURITY MEASURES BY ADDING MORE SECURITY PERSONNEL AND ROVING WATCHES AS NECESSARY.

  • ESTABLISH DURESS WORD FOR CREW.

  • ENSURE CREW RADIOS AND IN-VESSEL COMMUNICATIONS (PHONES) ARE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER.

  • STAGE ANTI-PIRACY EQUIPMENT (FIRE HOSES, SPOTLIGHTS, ETC.).

  • REMOVE ANY EQUIPMENT HANGING OVER THE SIDE THAT COULD BE USED TO GAIN ACCESS, E.G. RAISING THE ACCOMODATION LADDER.

  • PRACTICE PIRACY DRILLS, PROVIDE REFRESHER TRAINING FOR THE CREW CONCERNING ANTI-PIRACY MEASURES.

4. MAKING THE PASSAGE:

  1. USE GULF OF ADEN TRANSIT CORRIDOR (REF ADVISORY 2008-05).

  • CHECK IN WITH MARLO BAHRAIN UPON ENTERING TRANSIT CORRIDOR.

  • TRANSIT AT HIGHEST PRACTICABLE SPEED.

  • MOUNT FULLEST WATCH POSSIBLE-ASSURE THAT LOOKOUTS ARE POSITIONED TO ENSURE 360 DEGREE COVERAGE.

  • USE EXTRA RADAR WATCH.

  • SINGLE POINT OF ENTRY INTO THE HOUSE.

  • SECURE DECK LIGHTING (EXCEPT FOR MANDATORY NAVIGATION LIGHTS).

5. IF UNDER ATTACK:

  • TAKE OBVIOUS MEASURES (E.G. MUSTER, MAN HIGH-PRESSURE HOSES, ALTER COURSE, FIRE FLARES, TURN ON ALL LIGHTS IF AT NIGHT).

  • SOUND ALARM SIGNALS.

  • ACTIVATE SSAS.

  • NOTIFY MARLO BAHRAIN.

6. IF PIRATES OPEN FIRE:

  • CHANGE COURSE REPEATEDLY IF UNABLE TO OUTRUN PIRATE CRAFT (CONSISTENT WITH SAFE NAVIGATION).

  • HOSE TEAM TO REMAIN BEHIND COVER UNTIL IT CAN BE USED EFFECTIVELY.

  • USE HOSES TO PREVENT BOARDING.

  • REMAINDER OF CREW TO GO TO SECURE LOCATION.

  • IF CANNOT USE HOSES, SEND CREW TO SECURE LOCATION AND/OR ALTERNATIVE STEERING POSITIONS.

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