1. No significant events to report this week.
2. It is not uncommon for naval forces conducing Maritime Security/Counter Piracy operations in the Red Sea/Gulf of Aden/Indian Ocean to carry out Maritime Awareness calls over VHF. These actions are carried out to reassure ship’s masters and crew of naval presence and interaction is encouraged.
3. Since the release of UNSCR 2216 (2015) it has become common practice for naval forces implementing the Yemen arms embargo to hail vessels when transiting close to or within Yemen territorial waters, particularly in the Red Sea. Cooperation with naval forces is recommended with the disclosure of information again resting with the ship’s master.
Instructions for companies shipping cargo to Yemen can be found on the UNVIM web-site: http://www.vimye.org