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1 Piracy and Sea Robbery Conference Sharing Information, Enhancing Response Update on the Industry s Best Management Practices (BMP) Singapore 14 April 2011 Tim Wilkins INTERTANKO Regional Manager Asia Pacific

2 1. Industry philosophy and focus 2. BMP 1. Overview 2. Updates 3. Compliance 3. Concluding remarks

3 Industry Philosophy and Focus (1) Overall Philosophy Eliminating piracy is a SHARED RESPONSIBILITY between the maritime industry and governments BUT Establishment of LAW AND ORDER on the high seas is the responsibility of governments

4 Industry Philosophy and Focus (2) INTERTANKO Focus Actions members can take to protect themselves Actions we want governments to take to protect our members

5 Industry Philosophy and Focus (3) Focus Areas Governments Increased "Government Will" to eradicate piracy off Somalia Cease the use of mother ships Increased prosecution of convicted pirates Increased naval assets in the region Increased public awareness to drive the desired increase in "Government Will Action to address the root cause of piracy ashore in Somalia

6 Industry Philosophy and Focus (4) Focus Areas Industry Increased compliance with Best Management Practices (BMP3) Updating BMP3, as necessary Provide Merchant Navy Liaison Officers (MNLO) to Northwood (MSCHOA) Input to UN / IMO processes and activities Citadels Armed guards

7 Best Management Practices: Overview (1) Industry Best Management Practices 3 rd Ed. June 2010 OCIMF INTERTANKO ICS/ISF BIMCO SIGTTO INTERCARGO IGP&I CLIA IPTA IUMI ITFI IMB MSCHOA MTO Dubai EU NAVFOR Somalia Joint Hull Committee Joint War Committee

8 Scope: Purpose: Avoid Deter Delay Risk Assessment Typical Pirate Attacks Implementing BMP Company Planning Masters Planning Prior to Transit Voyage Planning Prior to Transit Self Protection Measures If a Pirate Attack is Imminent If Boarded by Pirates In the Event of Military Action Post Incident Reporting Updating Best Management Practices Useful Contact Details UKMTO Vessel Position Reporting Form Piracy Definitions Follow up Report Best Management Practices: Overview (2) Additional Guidance for Vessels Engaged in Fishing, in the Gulf of Aden and off the Coast of Somalia

9 Best Management Practices: Updates (1) Target audience: the Seafarers. Pocket sized booklet: illustrations and a small chart. Expansion of the High Risk Area: Suez to the North, 10 South and 78 East. Further advice on Ship Protection Measures, the UKMTO Vessel Position Reporting Form, and Fishing Industry guidance. Encourages post incident reporting to MSCHOA, UKMTO and additionally to the relevant Flag State. Additional advice augmenting BMP3 at the MSCHOA web site

10 Best Management Practices: Updates (2) Latest available information... UK Maritime Trade Operations (UK MTO) Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSC HOA) NATO Shipping Centre Maritime Liaison Office Bahrain (Marlo Bahrain) IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Industry bodies: OCIMF, INTERTANKO, INTERCARGO, ICS, BIMCO...

11 Best Management Practices: Updates (3) Register and Report All ships that register with MSCHOA are entered onto a Vulnerable Shipping List every day at MSCHOA The MNLO unit tracks all transit vessels whose ETA s are not consistent with the group timings and s them directly to advise them to adjust ETA at the IRTC, or to advise their transit intentions MSCHOA advise all ships Masters via and by tel. of the other ships accompanying them both Eastbound and Westbound in their group All of this policing is vital provides reassurance of situational surveillance

12 Best Management Practices: Updates (4) Self Protection Measures (1) a) Watchkeeping and Enhanced Vigilance b) Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) c) Manoeuvring Practice d) Alarms e) Upper Deck Lighting f) Ship s Tools and Equipment g) Equipment Storage h) Limiting Access Accomodation and Machinery Sapces

13 Best Management Practices: Updates (5) Self Protection Measures (2) b) Enhance Bridge Protection c) Physical Barriers d) Water Spray and Foam Monitors e) Safe Muster Points and Citadels a) Safe Muster Point Guidelines b) Citadel Guidelines

14 Best Management Practices: Updates (6) Safe Muster Points and Citadels b) Citadel Guidelines Between 01 Sep 10 and 20 Jan 11 there were 21 recorded incidents of citadels being used by merchant crews under attack Reporting suggests that the citadel was decisive in foiling 14 of these attacks Pirates developing tactics to breach citadels Advise issued by the military regarding the use of CITADELS on MSCHOA web site (Password protected)

15 Best Management Practices: Compliance (1) full implementation of BMP3 and the reporting requirements by all merchant vessels transiting the high risk area is a cornerstone of merchant vessel protection Common question how many vessels comply with BMP? Not REPORTING and Not implementing SPMs Military observation: LRIT Flag information...

16 Best Management Practices: Compliance (2)

17 Best Management Practices: Compliance (3) According to MSCHOA, currently about 44% of ships transiting high risk area register with MSCHOA Overwhelming majority of ships hijacked did not register with MSCHOA or report to UKMTO Compliance with BMP3 significantly reduces chances of being hijacked...

18 Concluding remarks Register with MSCHOA If they don t know your intentions, they cannot assist you!! Report regular ship position to UKMTO If they don t know where you are, they can t help you!! Assess and utilize the Best Management Practices Employ Self Protective Measures...

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21 Results, thus far SaveOurSeafarers.com >30,000 visits SOS website 125 countries >8000 letters sent (+1,400 letters over last weekend alone) 27% of website visitors sent a letter

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