We have advised recently there have been 4 attacks or sabotage against foreign flagged vessel at sea in the vicinity of Fujairah port, east UAE, linked to Strait of Hormuz.
According to the join investigation at early stage, the attack appears to have been well-planned and coordinated.
In this relation, we hereby share the notice with recommendations issued by INTERTANKO and OCIMF jointly. All vessels sailing this area should use caution.
- Undertake a new ship- and voyage-specific threat risk assessment before entering any region where there has been an incident or the threat has changed.
- After the risk assessment, review the Ship’s Security Plan.
- Review section 2 of BMP5, which outlines threats.
- Maintain a full and vigilant bridge watch for vessels at anchor.
- Implement deck patrols.
- Implement a waterborne security patrol.
- Maintain a strict communications watch and establish communication with all vessels coming close.
- Ensure strict boarding controls are in place.
- Only lower accommodation gangways or ladders when necessary.
- Rig outboard lighting where possible, particularly over the stern and rig/use searchlights if available.
- Monitor relevant VHF and other communication channels.
- Check all fire-fighting equipment is available for immediate use. Make sure the emergency fire pump is available if any maintenance is being undertaken.
- Keep the Automatic Information System (AIS) on. There is no need to complete the field stating the last or next port of call.
BMP5 : Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.
OCIMF’s Ship Security : Hull Vulnerability Study
NATO ATP2 : NCAGS Guide to Owners, Operators, Masters and Officers Edition A Version 1 Annex D to Chp 4