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Security levels and warning notes

Current information about piracy threatened sea areas

The German Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) publishes periodically information on sea areas and traffic routes threatened by piracy or other hazards. These include up to date information on hazards and security levels as well as recommendations for behavior in these sea areas.

Identical information is published in the German notices to mariners (Nachrichten für Seefahrer (NfS)).

On the website of the federal police (only in German), you can find current notices on sea areas under threat. The individual warning notes of the Federal Ministry of the Interior (Bundesministerium des Innern, BMI) are available (with a click on the map) in German and English.

Raised security level in for the Gulf of Oman

Changing the security level

Given the increased risk, the security level for German-flagged vessels has been set, with immediate effect and until further notice, to

SOLAS security level 2 (two).

This was decided in consultation with the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

This applies to the following sea area: West of 060° E from the coast of Iran 25°22'46''N, 60°00'00''E of the coast of Oman 22°25'45''N, 60°00'00''E and further for the Persian Gulf.

Guidance and recommended behaviour:

Please refer to the recommendations issued by the industry associations OCIMF and INTERTANKO at https://theseanation.gr/news-in-english/43935-intertanko-ocimf-update-followingrecent-attacks-in-gulf-of-oman.html

They recommend to

  • maintain a full and vigilant bridge watch;
  • maintain a strict communications watch and establish communication with all vessels coming close;
  • ensure strict boarding controls are in place;
  • only lower gangways when necessary;
  • rig outboard lighting where possible provided they do not interfere with keeping a safe lookout, particularly over the stern;
  • rig/use searchlights if available;
  • report any suspicious activity immediately to both the nearest port and UKMTO (+442392222060);
  • permanently monitor relevant communication channels;
  • keep all fire-fighting equipment available for immediate use;
  • make sure the emergency fire pump is available and keep the AIS signal on.

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