This resource page provides guidance and links to the latest information, resources and intelligence on maritime security issues.

The information is collated in date order with the most recent information appearing at the top of the page. In the right hand column are links to external resources.

Date: 13/06/2019
Update 13/06/19: Due to the recent attack on vessels in the Sea of Oman, Members are reminded of the following update and to exercise extreme caution in the region.
Date: 28/06/2018
Essential maritime security guidance for the shipping industry is now available through a dedicated website.
Date: 13/06/2017
On 12th June 2017, the Combined Maritime Forces issued a statement to the shipping industry on the recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab-el-Mandeb. This statement serves as a reminder to mariners of the importance of following BMP4 and the benefits of registering with MSCHOA and UKMTO when sailing in the High Risk Area and Voluntary Reporting Area. A copy of the statement in full is below, but can also be found on the Combined Maritime Forces website here:
Date: 10/03/2017
It has been announced this week that as of May 2017 Philippines, Malaysia & Indonesia will launch joint piracy patrols in waters of the Sulu Sea.
Date: 30/06/2016
The UK Club’s Loss Prevention department, together with Hellenic War Risks and Terra Firma Risk Management, have produced a guide for seafarers, which explores the background of Piracy and armed robbery and explains what happens during a kidnap. It also provides some insight into the training available for shipping companies and crews.
Date: 22/06/2016
BIMCO, ICS, INTERTANKO and INTERCARGO have jointly released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region.’  This document now supersedes the previous guidance for the region.
Date: 13/04/2016
UK Club’s Loss Prevention department provides practical guidance to Members in relation to piracy in West Africa. There has been a sizable shift in pirate activity, from Somali to West Africa, and an increase in incidents ...
Date: 22/07/2015
BIMCO warn against fake GUARDCON contracts that may contain subtle amendments to the liability provisions could prove to be a costly error for a shipowner if something goes wrong.
Date: 09/04/2014
Circular 3/14:  Amended BIMCO GUARDCON contract for the employment of security guards on vessels off West Africa
Date: 27/08/2013
An updated edition of the International Group FAQs on Piracy is set out below.  These FAQs have been extended in response to the greater incidence of piracy and other violent crimes against ships and seafarers off the coast of the Gulf of Guinea.  The text has also been refreshed to update references to the latest editions of advisory material as well as developments in regulatory and contractual arrangements.  These FAQs have been issued by the other International Group clubs.  If you have any enquiries regarding this material please refer them to your usual Club contact in the first instance.
Date: 05/04/2013
The Club has received the following update on Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea from its correspondents in the area.
Date: 08/03/2013
Due to the continuing high numbers of hijackings, attacks and attempted boarding in West African areas around the Gulf of Guinea, emergency contact numbers have been issued by the local authorities.
Date: 30/08/2012
The International Group FAQs address questions such as do armed guards prejudice P&I cover and what are 'weapons of war'.  Contractual questions relating to armed guards and charterers and issues on general average and ransoms are also covered here.
Date: 10/04/2012
The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in close co operation with UKMTO have translated Best Management Practices 4 into Chinese.  This essential guide, now in Chinese,  designed to...
Date: 17/02/2012
A recent case saw one of our Member vessels hijacked twice within a ten week period. On both occasions the ship was loaded with a cargo of petroleum and was drifting off Lagos waiting her turn to lighter. Acts of...
Date: 07/12/2011
This pdf document "Interim guidance to UK flagged shipping on the use of armed guards to defend against the threat of piracy in exceptional circumstances"  sets out the UK government’s policy on the use of armed guards onboard UK ships and the exceptional circumstances under which their use may be considered.
Date: 07/10/2011
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... 
Date: 11/08/2011
When the International Maritime Organisation met back in May it approved proposed interim guidance to owners and operators for the use of armed guards on board ships in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. The recommendations...
Date: 08/07/2011
Incidents of Piracy have been reported in the regions surrounding Puerto la Cruz & Barcelona City anchorages off the north coast of Venezuela. We understand support in such...
Date: 13/05/2011
Members should be made aware of a worrying change in motives and tactics adopted by Pirates off the West African coast. Previously attacks off the West Africa coast could...
Date: 07/04/2011
From the 1st April this year a new agreement in respect of seafarers’ pay and compensation for service in the area off Somalia takes effect.  Discussions between the ITF and the Joint Negotiating Group of employers’ associations during the course of March arrived at an agreement to maintain the existing High Risk Area off Somalia and create a new Extended Risk Zone into the Arabian Sea and north Indian Ocean.
Date: 01/04/2011
Doubled wages and compensation whilst transiting the original 'High Risk Area' remain.  In this new Extended Risk Zone, each seafarer will be entitled to a double wages / compensation on any day during which the vessel is attacked. However, seafarers will not have the right to ask to be repatriated prior to entering or whilst transiting the Extended Risk Zone.  The Club is seeking clarification whether the POEA have amended their Board Resolution No. 4, Series of 2008, dated 7/10/08.
This was spotted on one of our members vessels. Good anti piracy frames that slot into pre-fabricated brackets by the ships rails.(pic no.3) These frames can be made on board the vessel at little or no expense by...
Date: 22/09/2006
This latest work in Munich Re’s knowledge series has been written as a contribution towards the international debate on this topical issue. Piracy – Threat at sea provides a risk analysis of the danger emanating from piracy and marine terrorism and explains the legal position at national and international levels. It highlights underwriting aspects and describes ways of minimising the risk.
Date: 01/06/2009
The International Group clubs have been co-ordinating Members queries on piracy issues through their Maritime Security subcommittee. The most frequently asked questions have been collated into the following guidance note. This guidance note provides general clarification and guidance on a number of issues raised recently concerning insurance cover arising out of piracy incidents, for example, the engagement of on board unarmed or armed security personnel.
Date: 01/11/2000
While a vessel was at anchorage off Lagos recently, the Master reported to the correspondent that he had been contacted by people purporting to be the agents, advising that they would be boarding. When these people arrived they were accompanied by several others, alleging to be police officers and dressed accordingly. The "police officers" proceeded to accuse the vessel of illegal bunkering and eventually drew their firearms with which they threatened the Master and crew and demanded money. The Master, fearing for both his own safety and that of the crew, was forced to give the men about $2,500 before they would agree to leave the vessel.
Date: 30/06/1998
The SSA have advised their Members  to inform their masters to take necessary precautionary measures when their ships  transit the waters where the attack took place. They have  also requested them to report to SSA any cases where they become victims of an attack."
Date: 22/10/2009
The Association would like to take this opportunity to remind its members of the current situation in the area of the Gulf of Aden and Somalia.
Date: 13/02/2009
The Association has just made available, to Members trading in the Gulf of Aden area, “Piracy –The East Africa/Somalia Situation” a booklet aimed at providing practical information to assist seafarers faced with piracy. Members should contact their Club representative for copies.
Date: 16/08/2011
Version 4 of the Best Management Practices to prepare and protect against Piracy off the Somali basin, Arabian Sea and the wider Indian Ocean.
Date: 01/06/2009
The International Group clubs have been co-ordinating Members queries on piracy issues through their Maritime Security subcommittee. The most frequently asked questions have been collated into the following guidance note.This guidance note provides general clarification and guidance on a number of issues raised recently concerning insurance cover arising out of piracy incidents, for example, the engagement of on board unarmed or armed security personnel.


MSC.1/Circ.1405 Interim Guidance to Shipowners, Ship Operators, and Shipmasters on the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel on board ships in the High Risk Area

This document is largely based on the Guidelines to Shipowners developed by the Industry. Some parts of the Liberian submission and the Norwegian War Risks Insurance Association have also been added to the Interim Guidance.

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