Piracy Report 21 January

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Jan 212011

Renuar: A wolf in ship's clothing

The following information derives from the weekly NATO Shipping Centre report which provides further details.

Japan 555 (Malaysia 618 / Tai Yuan 227) –is assessed to be used as mothership and be involved in the attack on a merchant vessel in pos 14°56N 059°14E at 1023UTC 20 JAN 2011

RENUAR, JIH CHUN TSAI 68, GOLDEN WAVE (also known as GEUMMI 305) and one of the PRANTALAYs have left the anchorage and it assessed to be used by pirates as a mothership, no position at this time, but Renuar maybe heading to Arabian sea Continue reading »

Piracy: Heads Up On Citadel Rules Of Engagement

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Dec 222010

Somali pirates cheer Whitehall bean-counters

Revisions in best management practices make an important point, and one that MAC has made before: Saferooms are not the first line of defence, they are the last. Bimco has alerted its members to the revised advice on citadels and MAC thanks Bimco for forwarding the details.

Note in particular the rules of engagement of military forces:

Piracy – Advice on the use of citadels has been revised by the shipping industry and military organisations

This text has been agreed by CMF, EUNAVFOR, NATO, UKMTO and the industry organisation signatories of BMP3.

If CITADELS are to be employed, it is strongly recommended that they must be seen as complementary to, rather than a replacement for, all other self-protection measures set out in BMP 3. It is the responsibility of owners, operators and masters to decide and implement their policy in relation to the use of citadels. The most effective counter-piracy tactic is to ensure through passive defensive measures that the pirates do not board the ship in the first place. Continue reading »