Hectic week end in the Gulf of AdenSeptember 13, 2010 - 18:17
Each year in the Horn of Africa, the number of pirate attacks decreases during the monsoon period, due to rough seas. With improving weather, the number of attacks is expected in the near future to increase and vessels will have to be increasingly vigilant.
This week end, six suspicious skiffs were disrupted by the different Task Forces or national naval forces operating in the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC). All skiffs were seen to be throwing material overboard (ladders or weapons) before being in contact with the military. Moreover, one merchant vessel reported it had overcome an attack on Saturday 11 September.
EU NAVFOR, as IRTC coordinator, wants to remind all vessels that in addition to MSCHOA registration and a high degree of vigilance, Best Management Practices (BMP) are vital to merchant vessels security, as they have proven effective in decreasing significantly the risk of being pirated.
“The Best Management Practice (BMP) booklet should perhaps not be called ‘Best’ Management Practice but ‘Minimum’ Management Practice: self protection measures and ongoing vigilance remain, today, the most effective measures against piracy. However, there are, unfortunately, still some ships passing through the Gulf of Aden without applying the BMP measures or without being registered on the MSCHOA website. ” said Colonel Richard Spencer, Chief of Staff of EU NAVFOR Operational Headquarters, on 25 August to maritime industry representatives.
EU NAVFOR Somalia CTF-465 conducts integration activities off the Coast of Somalia for the new 37th rotation to settle in
Operation ATALANTA receives reinforcements of the shipping industry ( AZAMARA CRUISE)
Security considerations if diverting around Africa
Force Commander EU NAVFOR Somalia meets with his CMF counterpart to coordinate and de-conflict after approval on new Operation Atalanta mandate
Operation ATALANTA´s new mandate enters into force on 1st of January 2021. New tasks will reinforce the EU NAVFOR’s counter-piracy core responsibilities.
EU NAVFOR ATALANTA PROVIDES SUPPORT TO UNODC YEMEN COAST GUARD REGENERATION STRATEGY