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Removal of Indian Ocean High Risk Area

Update on 16 Dec 2022:

The piracy High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean will be removed from 1 Jan 2023. A short guidance is prepared by a few Associations for reference of shipowners, as attached.

Basically, it is to highlight that:

–            The removal of the HRA reflects a significantly improved piracy situation in the region.

–            Voyage preparation, threat, and risk assessment as part of following Best Management Practice 5 (BMP5) remain essential.

–            BMP5 reporting processes remain in place until further notice.


Update on 08 Dec 2022:

Industry associations announced the removal of the Indian Ocean High Risk Area (HRA) in Aug 2022. The HRA will no longer be in place from 0001 UTC on 1 January 2023. (details)

The Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) of the navy’s Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) will conduct the Focused Operations “Mare Liberum III” in the Indian Ocean, from January 5th to 9th, 2023. (more about CTF 151 at link)

The CTF151’s exercises are to enhance the naval presence in the region and inform the maritime community that, although the High Risk Area (HRA) will be removed on January 1st, 2023, piracy is not eradicated, and to emphasize that Maritime Community should continue following the Best Management Practices 5 (BMP 5) instructions and navigate through the International Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC).

During this period, CTF 151 will coordinate an effort of multinational assets, as vessels, aircrafts, unmanned elements, satellite systems and maritime organizations that will work together in an area which encompass some of the world’s most important shipping lanes, in order to contribute to the free flow of navigation, develop capacity for regional leadership and reassure the international community.

For more information, please contact the CTF 151 Public Affair Officer, LT Eros Fazolo, at

More details about the Focused Operations “Mare Liberum III” at link.

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