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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 »