Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers (eBook)

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August 2018

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Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers (eBook)

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Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers is new guidance produced by shipping industry organisations, with the support of military organisations, to help shipping companies, Masters and mariners prepare for external threats to safety. The publication is free to DOWNLOAD

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The Guidance will help companies and mariners prepare for and mitigate against piracy wherever it occurs. The guidance is applicable for all ship-types and complements regional guidance on piracy and Maritime Security.


The Guidance Covers:

• Comprehensive guidance on risk/threat assessment and planning for the company and ship and, reporting

• Up to date ship protection measures

• Clear advice on the use of armed guards worldwide

• Guidance on responding to all stages of an attack

• Guidance on regional piracy threats, including reporting resources

• Information on mitigation against Other Maritime Security Threats


Also available 'BMP5: Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Security in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and Arabian SeaMore info here




Piracy and armed robbery at sea is an organised and persistent criminal activity prevalent in many parts of the world. Attackers are often aggressive and subject their victims to violence and ill treatment. Ships have been hijacked, either for a ransom payment for the release of captive seafarers, theft of cargo or both. Some seafarers have been held hostage for several years.


Experience shows that applying the recommendations in this guidance will assist ships to detect, avoid, deter or delay attacks.


Not all mitigation measures in this guidance will be applicable to every ship type or in every region. Companies, CSOs and Masters should use this guidance when conducting threat and risk assessments.


The purpose of this guidance is to protect seafarers, the ship and cargo and, to facilitate threat and risk assessment and planning for voyages transiting areas where the threat of attack by pirates and armed robbers exists.


This guidance consists of:


 General advice and recommendations that are common to mitigate against attack by pirates and armed robbers;

 Guidance on threat and risk assessment, planning and the implementation of self-protection measures;

 Appendix A providing information on other security threats and the fundamental requirements and recommendations to ensure that companies and ships can respond to those threats in a proportionate and dynamic way; and

 Annexes providing information on regions where there is a risk of piracy and armed robbery and where prior planning and preparation before transiting the region is recommended.

This guidance is complementary to other industry regional guidance and that issued by international regional organisations such as the Regional Guide to Counter Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia produced by ReCAAP ISC in collaboration with other regional organisations.


This guidance also complements guidance on piracy and armed robbery provided in the latest IMO MSC Circulars (see the IMO website at and should be seen as complementary to IMO MSC.1/Circ.1334 as amended.


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Title: Global Counter Piracy Guidance for Companies, Masters and Seafarers (eBook)
Product Code: WS1571EA
Published Date: August 2018

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