Security advisory for ships operating in the Gulf of Guinea

Security advisory for ships operating in the Gulf of Guinea

Overview


As a result of the number of recent security incidents over the last few days in the Gulf of Guinea, BIMCO reminds all members of the procedures and details for voluntary reporting.
The Gulf of Guinea remains the region of greatest risk of piracy to seafarers  and kidnapping of crew seems to be the current most popular tactic. Members are reminded of the special protection measures and guidance given in the industry - Guidelines for owners, operators and masters for protection against piracy in the Gulf of Guinea region.

Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade - Gulf of Guinea

The MDAT-GOG has been in operation since 20 June 216. Some vessels / masters are still attempting to register with the now closed MTISC-GOG. Masters and CSOs are urged to ensure they have the correct details, these can be found on SHOM Chart 8801CSD or UKHO Chart Q6114, 30 June 2016, to allow them to report their vessels when transiting the revised Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA), also described on both security charts with the MDAT-GOG, using the email address watchkeepers@mdat-gog.org.

Masters are requested to call MDAT-GoG (+33 298 228888) at the time of any incident occurring. This phone number is monitored permanently (24/7). Masters are asked to contact MDAT-GoG as soon as possible to facilitate quicker actions by the MDAT-GoG and their regional contacts.

MDAT – GoG reports are primarily based upon information sent by vessels using the Voluntary Reporting Scheme. Masters and CSOs are encouraged to report, as soon as they can, events or sightings with as much detail as possible to allow MDAT-GOG to initiate the appropriate response.

Contact the MDAT-GoG:
Email: watchkeepers@mdat-gog.org  
Phone : +33 (0) 2 98 22 88 88 (emergency)
Phone : +33 (0) 2 98 22 13 02 (exercise)
Phones and mails are monitored 24/7.

Philip Tinsley
By Philip Tinsley
in Copenhagen, DK

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