Tuesday, March 30, 2010

MARAD Advisory- Guidance to vessels transiting high risk waters

The Maritime Administration has issued a new advisory to all vessels transiting the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and waters surrounding the Horn of Africa.

The advisory reminds vessels to comply with United States Coast Guard Maritime Security Directive (MARSEC) 104-6 (current version) to combat the continued threat of piracy. There has been a rash of piracy attacks around the Horn of Africa and maritime organizations are not taking the uptick in attacks lightly.

Many of the ships transiting the Gulf of Aden are enrolled in the Amver system. We would hate to see a vessel whose crew is dedicated to safety at sea become victim of a vessel hijacking.

What steps are you taking to avoid and deter piracy?

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