BMP 5 - Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea
The BMP contained in this publication mitigates the risk from piracy and other maritime security threats.
Regional instability has introduced other maritime security threats, which include:
• Deliberate targeting of ships by extremist groups.
• Collateral damage arising from regional conflict. BMP piracy measures are effective, but differences in attack methods from other threats may require other forms of mitigation.
For example, attacks carried out by extremists may be more determined, as they may be willing to risk their lives. The consequences of not adopting effective security measures can be severe. Some pirates have subjected hostages to violence and other ill treatment and periods of captivity for some hijacked seafarers have lasted for several years. Other attacks have demonstrated an intent to damage ships and endanger life.
This BMP complements piracy guidance in the latest International Maritime Organization (IMO) MSC Circulars (see www.imo.org) and advice on the Maritime Security Transit Corridor. Nothing in this BMP detracts from the Master’s overriding authority and responsibility to protect their crew, ship and cargo.