Though the Indian Ocean monsoon season has seen a recent reduction in Somali pirate attacks, the seizure while at anchor of the Fairchem Bogey this past weekend (see report) underscores the fact that the danger is still very real. The most basic step operators can take to protect vessels is to follow the '"Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy" supported by all major shipping associations and endorsed by EUNAVFOR, NATO, CMF, UKMTO and INTERPOL.
The fourth edition (BMP4) is now available and provides invaluable information to help all shipping companies, ship's masters and crew to fully prepare their ship for transit through the High Risk Area, in order to avoid, deter or delay piracy attack.
The fourth edition of the handy-size booklet provides important updates and new information since the issue of BMP3 in 2010. Changes include a section on the three fundamental requirements of BMP 4, an aide memoire on how to avoid being a victim of piracy, a checklist for company planning and, expanded guidance on the possible use of Private Maritime Security Contractors.
Complimentary hard copies of BMP4 will be distributed from September on. Meantime you can download it HERE
August 22, 2011