Slight improvement in piracy in Indian Ocean

Thanks to ongoing improvement in the containment of piracy in the Indian Ocean, the geographic boundaries of the ‘High Risk Area’ have been reduced, with new advice issued to merchant ship operators.

Making the announcement on Friday, an industry grouping representing shipping and oil industry organisations emphasised, however, that a serious threat remained. “Vigilance and adherence to 5th edition of the best management practice (BMP5) remains crucial,” a spokesman said.

“The reduction to the High Risk 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.” 

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