Vigilance still needed as Indian Ocean piracy High Risk Area reduced

20 Aug 2021 / Indian Ocean, Somalia/Yemen

Shipping organisations have agreed to reduce the boundaries of the piracy High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean, as incidents in the region, particularly in Somalia, continue to decrease.

The changes will come into effect from 1st September. They were approved by the Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), The International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners (INTERCARGO), The International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), and Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), representing the global shipping and oil industries.

In broad terms, the amendments will reduce the HRA boundaries to the Yemeni and Somali Territorial Seas and Exclusive Economic Zones in its eastern and southern reaches.

The HRA was created at the height of the Somali piracy threat in 2010 to show shipowners, operators, and seafarers where pirates operated and where extra vigilance was required to avoid attacks.

Subsequent updates to the HRA have reflected the changing nature of threats in the region have emerged as well as the existence of more severe security threats, such as piracy off West Africa, necessitating a change in how industry assesses such dangers to shipping…

…Generally Somali pirates tend to be well armed with automatic weapons, RPGs and have been known to sometimes use skiffs launched from mother vessels, which may be hijacked fishing vessels or dhows…

(For information about operations in Somalia, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at [email protected])

Source: Extract from International Maritime Bureau ( news release dated 20 August 2021

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