A round table group of international shipping associations, including BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), INTERCARGO and INTERTANKO, as well as the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), which represents the global shipping and oil industry, have announced that the geographic boundaries of the High Risk Area (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced. As a result, new advice has been issued to operators of merchant vessels in the region.
The revised HRA designates the area where a threat from piracy still exists, while recognising the ongoing containment of pirate attacks in the Indian Ocean. The industry groups, who are responsible for setting the HRA boundaries, emphasised that a serious threat remains, despite the reduction to the size of the area, and that correct reporting, vigilance and adherence to 5th edition of the best management practice (BMP5) remains crucial.
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