Piracy in Indian water –High Risk Area reduced
On 17 August 2021, BIMCO, ICS, Intercargo, Intertanko and OCIMF announced an agreement to reduce the boundaries of the piracy High Risk Area (HRA) in the Indian Ocean.
The geographic changes have taken effect from 1 September 2021 and have consequently reduced the HRA boundaries to the Yemeni and Somali Territorial Seas and the EEZ in its eastern and southern reaches.
The new coordinates of the HRA are clearly indicated in the attached joint press release of the above global shipping and oil industries.
The reduction of the HRA is a result of a downward trend in Somali piracy, though all vessels transiting these waters must continue to remain vigilant and conform to the recommendations in the latest industry Best Management Practices. Therefore, all ships are advised to register with Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) and report to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) prior to entering the region.
Despite this reduction the IMB (Piracy Reporting Centre) warns that Somali pirate groups still have the capacity to carry out attacks in the Somali basin and wider Indian Ocean.
HRA is only relating to the implementation of BMP measures and does not coincide with the listed areas indicated by Joint War Committee (see encl.JWL027LA) affecting the War Risks insurance.”
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