Happy Thanksgiving / Increased pirate activity (Editorial -

  • Date: 25/11/2010

Happy Thanksgiving

We wish a happy thanksgiving to all our American Members, colleagues, correspondents and friends. The Thomas Miller Americas offices are closed for the duration of the public holiday. However, a duty executive system continues to be maintained and contact details can be found on the Emergency Contacts page of this website.

Increased pirate activity

The improved sea conditions of the past weeks after the monsoon season have encouraged more frequent attacks, further offshore and more difficult for merchant ships to evade.
The third edition of “Best management practices to deter piracy in the Gulf of Aden and of the Coast of Somalia” is published in our Piracy Resources page. We recommend that Members review this copy and distribute it among their masters and crew.

Members are strongly encouraged to register with the Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) via their website. This website is the best source of regularly updated information on protecting against piracy attacks drawing upon the practical experience of both the security forces in the area and commercial ship operators and their crews.

In particular, the MSCHOA registration system enables ships to be incorporated into the co-ordination of security and protection arrangements by military forces in the area.
Measures for self-protection nevertheless remain essential. Advice on such measures can be found both in BMP3 and on the MSCHOA website.

Industry developments

Polar Shipping

Legal, navigational and environmental resources, news and updates on the development of polar shipping. Read more

US VRP Compliance

With effect from 30th January 2014 non-tank as well as tankships calling at US ports will be required to submit VRPs.  For Club and other resources to assist in compliance click here

International Environmental compliance

Environmental Compliance resource page collates material in respect of International environmental compliance issues affecting our Members. Information from the Club, Loss Prevention and external resources has been collated in one place for ease of reference.

MLC 2006

The Maritime Labour Convention enters into force in August 2013 - resources, news & advice on implementation can be found in this dedicated section.  READ MORE

International sanctions

Recent guidance & corresponding material in respect of international sanctions against various countries has been updated with respect to temporary easing of sanctions against Iran.  READ MORE


Essential precautions and preparation against piracy, as well as additional information and resources, loss prevention advisories and useful external web links

Emergency Contacts

If you need to call our offices out of hours and at weekends, click After Office hours for a up to date list of the names of the Duty Executives and their mobile phone numbers. 

Ship Finder

This Ship Finder is updated on a daily basis. Members who need to advise the Club of updates to their recorded ships' details should advise their usual underwriting contact.