Republic of the Marshall Islands Advisory - CMF Guidance on the Maritime Security Corridor #piracy #
To: Owners/Operators, Masters, Company Security Officers, Recognized Security Organizations
Subject: COMBINED MARITIME FORCES GUIDANCE ON MARITIME SECURITY TRANSIT CORRIDOR
Date: 13 July 2018
The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator (the “Administrator”) would like to draw attention to the following guidance provided by the Combined Maritime Forces: GUIDANCE ON MARITIME SECURITY TRANSIT CORRIDOR
The following information from the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) relates to transits through the Gulf of Aden, Bab Al Mandeb (BaM), Southern Red Sea, and associated waters. It does not replace any previous guidance. Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters.
The multiple types of risks and the broad expanse of ocean on which these attacks can occur dictate that Naval Forces must be used in the most efficient manner possible.
To assist in this, CMF is establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC). The MSTC consists 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