Indian Ocean – Changes to the High Risk Area

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It has been reported that the high risk area (HRA) in the Western Indian Ocean will be reduced in size from the 1st May 2019.

The announcement by the International Chamber of Shipping, Intertanko and Intercargo, plus the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF)stated that the reduction of the area takes “full account of recent shipping industry experience, pirate intent and capability and follows extensive consultation with nations, collations and military naval forces, including Combined Maritime Forces, EUNAVFOR and the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which continue to provide vital advice and protection to shipping”.

The regional UKHO maritime security chart, Q6099, will be updated from 1st May. Members are urged to monitor the Security Related Information to Mariners (SRIM) on the Admiralty website for the changes taking effect:

https://www.admiralty.co.uk/maritime-safety-information/security-related-information-to-mariners

North will update its Maritime Security Loss Prevention Briefing once details of the change are made public.