For more guidance and advice on the piracy situation and security for vessels transiting the HRA or West Coast of Africa please see the following authorities and resources;
The UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) office in Dubai is part of the contribution by the Royal Navy to ensure that trade can safely transit in the area North of 10 degrees South and West of 78 degrees East. They act as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaison with military forces in the region.
UKMTO contact details:
Telephone: +44 23 9222 2060
Telephone: +971 50 552 3215
The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) is an initiative established by EU NAVFOR with close co-operation from industry.
The MSCHOA provides 24-hour manned monitoring of vessels transiting through the Gulf of Aden, whilst the provision of an interactive website enables the Centre to communicate the latest anti-piracy guidance to industry, and for shipping companies and operators to register their vessels’ movements through the region.
MSC HOA contact details:
Telephone: +44 1923 958 545
The new FR/UK Centre, called Marine Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG), will commenced operations on 20th June 2016 replacing MTISC - GoG.
MDAT-GoG is operated by the Navies of France and the United Kingdom from centres in Brest, France, and in Portsmouth, England.
MDAT-GoG contact details:
Telephone: +33(0)2 98 22 88 88
(Calls to this number will be answered either in Brest or in Portsmouth)
The NATO Shipping Centre (NSC) is the link between NATO and the merchant shipping community. Permanently manned by NATO, the NSC is the primary point of contact for the exchange of merchant shipping information between NATO's military authorities and the international shipping community.
The NSC also is the primary advisor to merchant shipping regarding potential risks and possible interference with maritime operations. In addition to its role in Operations OCEAN SHIELD and ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR, the NSC supports NATO, national and multinational operations and exercises with two specialist capabilities: Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) and Allied Worldwide Navigation Information System (AWNIS).
NSC contact details:
Telephone: +44 1923 956 574
US Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) Bahrain has facilitated the exchange of information between the US Navy, the 25-Member Nation Combined Maritime Forces, and maritime interests in US Central Command’s area of responsibility.
Our liaisons travel regularly throughout the Gulf & East Africa to foster communication, stay apprised of changes in local port infrastructure and management, proactively address concerns and questions. They remain, first and foremost, an active advocate for commercial mariners, and dedicated to providing accurate and timely information on safety of shipping and marine navigation.
MARLO contact details:
Telephone: +973 3940 1395
The main aim of the IMB ICC PRC is to raise awareness within the shipping industry, which includes the shipmaster, ship-owner, insurance companies, traders, etc, of the areas of high risk associated with piratical attacks or specific ports and anchorages associated with armed robberies on board ships.
The Sailors’ Society is an international Christian charity working in ports across the world. Our chaplains help seafarers and their families, from all faiths and none, with welfare and practical support. We visit ships in ports and talk with seafarers away from home for up to a year at a time; we help them get in touch with much missed loved ones and access medical treatment; we liaise with frightened families when seafarers are kidnapped by terrorists or imprisoned, mostly through no fault of their own; and we build homes and schools and provide grants to bring hope and security to seafaring communities.
The Security in Complex Environments Group (SCEG) is a Special Interest Group, within ADS, which was formed in January 2011 to define, develop and facilitate robust, internationally recognised professional standards for the UK Private Security Sector operating abroad. SCEG’s partnership with the UK Government is vital and provides a unique construct whereby an industry body has a sustained dialogue with government departments with opportunities to contribute to the debate, shape policies and influence international forum.
INTERPOL, aim to facilitate international police cooperation even where diplomatic relations do not exist between particular countries. Action is taken within the limits of existing laws in different countries and in the spirit of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Our Constitution prohibits ‘any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character'.