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Global piracy and armed robbery situation – latest development

Updated on 2 May 2019

Revision of the High Risk Area

High Risk Areas (HRA): Established by the shipping industry and other stakeholders, these areas are designated as an indication of increased risk to vessels and crew. The most well-known is the HRA which was established as a response to Somali piracy in the Indian Ocean. However, numerous other HRAs have been established in other piracy affected regions by individual flag states, security companies, and shipping companies. These areas have implications for industry standards related to counter-piracy measures.

A New Edition of the Admiralty Maritime Security Charts Q6099 – Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Arabian Sea, is available on the website of the UK Hydrographic Office on 2 May 2019.

The Chart has been reschemed and updated to include the revised boundaries of the High Risk Area (HRA) that comes into force at 0001 GMT(UTC) on 1 May 2019.

CMF and EU NAVFOR’s Industry Releasable Threat Bulletin (IRTB) No.013

The military’s Industry Releasable Threat Bulletin (IRTB 013) was issued on 26 Apr 2019, which informs and analyses the situation surrounding ALMOST CERTAINLY a “Piracy Attack” in the area some 250 NM from the coast of Somalia on 21 Apr 2019.

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