789 - 10/11 - Best Management Practice 4 - Worldwide

Following to the Club’s notice and distribution of the electronic version of Best Management Practice 4 (BMP4) the hard copy format is now available. Best Management Practice 4 provides guidance and recommendations to seafarers on the steps that should be taken to prepare and conduct a transit through the sea area affected by Somali based piracy.

BMP4 is produced as an A5 sized soft backed colour booklet and as a PDF document. Additional advice and information is provided on the MSCHOA and NATO websites (www.mschoa.org and www.shipping.nato.int) to augment BMP4.

The A5 booklet BMP4 may be obtained by contacting Alison Hunter Gordon at Witherby Publishing Group by email; Alison@emailws.com The request for booklets should contain the following information:

  • Number of copies required
  • A contact name and shipping address for delivery

BMP4 is available to download from the clubs website here.

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