1. UKMTO has received information regarding the recent hailing of a merchant ship on VHF by an unidentified vessel in the Strait of Hormuz (SOH). Vessels from coalition forces and other state actors do routinely call merchants ships in the SOH but if any commercial ship has concerns or requires guidance about this situation please contact UKMTO using the details in BMP5 or at the bottom of this page.
2. Commercial shipping companies and ship’s masters can 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.
3. The current International Maritime Organization (IMO) advice to seafarers and shipping in response to the COVID-19 pandemic can be found via the following link: https://bit.ly/2Wm4FAV