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Plea to register vessels

Plea to register vessels
As many as 25% of vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden have still not registered with MSCHOA (The Maritime Security Centre ? Horn of Africa).

As many as 25% of vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden have still not registered with MSCHOA (The Maritime Security Centre ? Horn of Africa).

As many as 25% of vessels passing through the Gulf of Aden have still not registered with MSCHOA (The Maritime Security Centre ? Horn of Africa). They have also not applied the Best Management Practices (BMPs), said Captain Richard Farrington, chief of staff of the EU Naval Force, and co-chairman of the Shared Awareness and De-confliction (SHADE) mechanism.

He was updating a recent meeting of Working Group 1 of the UN/IMO's contact group on piracy off the Coast of Somalia (CGPCS) on the latest operational achievements, development and planning of the international anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden, focusing on information exchange, the internationally recommended transit corridor (IRTC) and the IRTC military co-ordination guide.

Crucially, he pointed out that seven out of eight vessels hijacked recently had not been reporting their movements to UKMTO (United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations) and not one of the eight was registered with MSCHOA, although all were registered with flags that had signed up to the BMPs. Out of 15,000 vessels with registered transits, only two had been hijacked and one of these was not implementing BMPs, he claimed.

Captain Howard Snaith, Intertanko's marine director, stated at a public conference in London this week that it was crucial that vessels passing through this area register with MSCHOA and report to UKMTO and at the same time implement BMPs.

He emphasised that the average pirate attack lasted only 11 minutes and therefore that a policy of "detracting, deterring, delaying" by implementing BMPs, reporting to UKMTO and registering with MSCHOA was the most effective way of avoiding a hijacking situation.

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