1.Convoys Advisor

Navy convey and escort operations for ships transiting Gulf of Aden are provided by China, India, Korea, Japan and Russia. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for convoy escort schedules.

2. Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC)

The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) webpage https://combinedmaritimeforces.com/2017/09/06/guidance-on-maritime-security-transit-corridor/ provides details of a new Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC), related to transits through the Gulf of Aden, Bab Al Mandeb (BaM), Southern Red Sea, and associated waters.

The MSTC will consist of:

  • The Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC)
  • The BAM Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) and the TSS West of the Hanish Islands
  • A two-way route directly connecting the IRTC and the BAM TSS

Background on Combined Maritime Forces (CMF):

  • Combined Maritime Forces (CMF, https://combinedmaritimeforces.com/tag/shade/) is an international naval partnership consisting of 31 nations and 25 navies. It is headed by a US Navy Vice Admiral with the UK Maritime Component Commander as his deputy. The 31 nations that comprise CMF are not bound by either a political or military mandate. CMF is a flexible organisation.
  • The 31 member nations are: Australia, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Republic of Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Netherlands,  New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, The Philippines, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom, United States and Yemen.

The Navy source UKMTO issued a NOTICE 001/AUG/2017 on 9 Aug 2017 on its webpage https://www.ukmto.org/-/media/ukmto/advisory/indian-ocean/2017/august/ukmto-notice-001-aug-2017.pdf , with guidance on transits through the Bab El Mandeb (BeM) and associated waters.

The importance of this Notice is the distinction highlighting risks of piracy from threats of terrorists and regional war conflicts, as shown in the chart below, following with more details:

Updated on 3 Apr 2017:-

There were 3 hijackings near Somalia between 13 Mar and 1 Apr 2017:

• bunkering tanker MT Aris 13 hijacked on 13 Mar 2017 en route to Mogadishu from Djibouti and approximately 18 km off the northern tip of Somalia; On 16 Mar 16 2017, her crew and the tanker were released from Somali pirate hands due to the efforts of the Puntland Maritime Police Force (PMPF). (http://eunavfor.eu/eu-naval-force-somalia-confirms-fuel-tanker-aris-13-and-crew-are-safe-and-on-their-way-to-safe-port-after-armed-pirates-depart-ship/)
• ocean going dhow MV Casayr II hijacked on 24 Mar 2017; The dhow has been released on 26 Mar by the pirates after taking one skiff, food and diesel. (https://www.ukmto.org/indian-ocean).
• dhow MV Al Kausar (or Al Kaushar) hijacked off Socotra island on 1 Apr 2017. Pirates took the dhow to Eyl, Somalia (http://eunavfor.eu/eu-naval-force-confirms-indian-dhow-seized-by-pirates-off-coast-of-somalia/)

It is reported that:
• it is highly likely that there are 3 pirate attack groups at sea in the HRA at present off the east coast of northern Somalia.
• the threat of attack by Somali pirates within 300 NM distance from the East coast of Somalia is currently HIGH.


Update on 17 Mar 2017:-

The EU Naval Force (Somalia) confirmed on 16 Mar 2017:

  • Fuel tanker Aris 13 and her crew are now en route to a safe port on the north coast of Somalia after armed pirates, who had been holding the crew since Monday 13 March 2017, departed the ship. The master confirmed that his crew had suffered no injuries during their 4-day ordeal.
  • It is understood that members of the Puntland Maritime Police Force assisted with the ship’s release and are currently on board.
  • Further details about the release are still to be confirmed.

What happened on 13 Mar 2017:-

A detailed update on a serious piracy incident, possibly a hijackin happened on 13 Mar 2017, is available on 14 Mar 2017 from the EU navy headquarters (EU NAVFOR). The Merchant Tanker (MT) ARIS 13 was reportedly taken by an unknown group and taken to the shore in the vicinity of CALUULA, PUNTLAND on 13 Mar 2017.

Assessment of the incident by EU NAVFOR is as follows:

INTERCARGO participated on January 17 at a:

-          Strategic meeting with the EU NAVFOR command to review piracy developments and the future of the operation

Relevant outcomes and developments will be discussed in our upcoming meetings in Hong Kong.

Joint War Committee updates the Hull War, Piracy, Terrorism and Related Perils Listed Areas

Piracy and Armed Robbery against ships endangers the lives of seafarers and imperils ships, their cargoes, and freedom of navigation. Piracy and Armed Robbery thrives on criminality ashore and impacts on the world economy and the cost of goods. The RT believes it is the responsibility of all coastal states to establish and enforce security in their territorial waters, their EEZ, and on the High Seas. Currently Piracy and the threat of piracy is affecting shipping in the Western Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, the Gulf of Guinea and in South East Asia.