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1. In line with UAE Ports Authority and UAE Government advice, UKMTO has suspended port visits until further notice. Commercial shipping companies and ship’s masters can still receive the latest UKMTO Maritime Security update via telephone or by e-mail using the contact details at the bottom of this page. UKMTO Dubai and the Maritime Trade Information Centre (MTIC) will remain fully operational throughout the duration of the global pandemic and can be contacted as usual using the details promulgated in BMP5.
2. COVID-19, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and World Health Organization (WHO) have published specific advice for the Maritime Shipping Industry via their websites. The WHO guidance to commercial shipping can be viewed at: https://bit.ly/2xla6pp. The IMO advice can be obtained via the following link: https://bit.ly/39c8I5I.
3. Shipping Industry organisations supported by government and military organisations have produced a new publication that will assist mariners to enhance maritime security when operating off the coast of West Africa. Best Management Practices West Africa (BMP WA) can be downloaded at https://bit.ly/2X8qHry . See media article (d).
4. On the 3rd April 2020 the UK Department of Transport (DfT) issued Maritime Security Guidance for British (REG) flagged ships operating off the coast of West Africa (BMP WA). DfT Ref 2020/13 refers.