Piracy – MARAD Advisory

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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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Stolt Valor Hijacking Update

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Sep 182008
 

As of 2pm Japan time, as follows:

1) The vessel’s Master has confirmed on email and phone that all crew on board are safe and unharmed. All crew are confined to one location – the ship’s wheelhouse – but are being allowed to attend to their daily needs; however closely monitored by the Hijackers.

2) The vessel, under instructions from the Hijackers, has arrived at the port of EYL, on the East Coast of Somalia.

3) Vessel’s Owners have appointed a professional negotiator to engage into a dialogue with the Hijackers with the objective of ensuring that the crew remain safe and are returned as soon as possible.

The Stolt Valor was hijacked while she was in the Designated Safety Corridor in accordance with the Recommendations that were issued by the International Coalition of warships entrusted with the task of safeguarding vessels in the Gulf of Aden against Pirate attacks.

The vessel had also made the requisite reports to the UKMTO. The Master had further taken the additional precaution of keeping the vessel close to the Northern limit of the ‘safety corridor’ established by the International Coalition, that is, furthest away from the Somalian Coast.

The owners, with the assistance of the technical manager, are continuing to monitor the situation closely through the Authorities and will ensure the Authorities and all relatives are kept closely informed of developments as they unfold.

Chartered by Stolt Neilsen, Stolt Valor is owned by Central Marine Company in Hiroshima, Japan, and managed by Fleet Management in Hong Kong.

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Don't Keep Mum On Pirate Mothers

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Aug 142008
 

If you’ve read our postings on pirates and listened to The Lessons From The Danica White you’ll know about the motherships used by pirates to launch smaller boats to attack ships. The International Maritime Bureau has released photographs of what it believes may be motherships together with the advice below:

“To all ships transiting the Gulf of Aden

Please be advised that intelligence sources revealed that there are now two suspicious trawlers in the Gulf of Aden believed to be pirate mother vessels looking to attack ships with the intent to hijack.

The description of the suspected trawlers – long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names “BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA”. One of the trawlers is believed to be operating at approximately 60 NM NE of Bossasso, Somalia in the Gulf of Aden.

All ships are strongly advised to maintain a strict 24 hours visual and radar watch while transiting these waters and report any attacks or suspicious boats including the trawlers named above to the 24 hour IMB PRC. Tel: +603 2031 0014 / +603 2078 5763 email: piracy@icc-ccs.org

Suspected Pirate Mother Vessels:

BURUM OCEAN

BURUM OCEAN

ARENA or ATHENA

Source: Coalition Forces

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