Avoiding AP May Save Money – But Are the Risks Worth It?

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Aug 252011

Avoiding pirate premium could put your vessel at risk

Trying to avoid the Additional Premium Area for War Risks by sailing closer to the Indian Coast is a bad idea warns James Mackintosh & Co, a correspondent for the London P&I Club. The best thing, when asked to do so, for a master to just say ‘no’.

In an alert to it’s members, the London Club says: “Members will be aware that, due to the continuing pirate attacks on merchant ships traversing the Gulf of Aden area and the widening geographical range of attacks despite the presence of a number of international navies, the Additional Premium Area for War Risks in the Indian Ocean (“the AP Area”) has been extended to up to 12 miles offshore from the Indian Coast.

In the light of this extension, James Mackintosh & Co Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai Correspondent, has written to the Association highlighting the dangers of trying to avoid the AP Area by navigating the inshore route (i.e. within 12 miles of the Indian coast), especially with regard to passage planning in and around the Mumbai area…. Their conclusion is that, given all the dangers (including crossing traffic lanes in contravention of accepted practice around Mumbai, navigating around offshore installations, and avoiding shallows), a prudent Master would in their view be within his rights to refuse to navigate the inshore route as it is arguable that any risk of piracy is outweighed by the risks of proceeding on the inshore route. A

dditionally, they indicate that “while approaching bigger ports like Mumbai, it will not be feasible to navigate through outer anchorages and traffic lanes” thus necessitating an offshore route through the AP Area in any event. Further investigation has shown that there may also be navigational safety issues at the start of the AP Area at the southern tip of India at the approach to Cape Cormorin.

At this point there is shallower water nearer the coast which narrows the possible area through which a ship can safely pass, which could cause heightened risks particularly if traffic flow is heavy. Given the above, and the almost certain need to enter the AP Zone when transiting the Indian Ocean, Members should carefully consider the issue of additional premium and who will be responsible for it before entering into new charterparties.


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 »