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PIRACY UPDATE: High risk area in the Indian Ocean reduced

Mon 11 Mar 2019 by Craig Jallal, tankers and markets editor

PIRACY UPDATE: High risk area in the Indian Ocean reduced
USS Kidd rescuing an Iranian Dhow from pirates in 2012 (source: wikimedia commons)

The Round Table of international shipping associations representing the global shipping and oil industry have announced the geographic boundaries of the high risk area (HRA) for piracy in the Indian Ocean have been reduced, but the threat of piracy is still evident in other regions.

Even as the industry group of shipping and oil industry organisations BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum reduced the HRA, Reuters reported that Iranian state television had broadcast footage of the Iranian Navy repelling an attack by 11 speedboats on an unnamed tanker in the Gulf of Aden.

On the same day, the Iranian News Agency reported that 13 Somali nationals that had been tried and sentenced as pirates had been removed from Iranian jails and deported to Somalia.

Nonetheless, the reduction of the HRA is an indication that the co-ordination among the different agencies is having a positive impact.

The new co-ordinates of the HRA are:

  • In the Southern Red Sea: northern limit: latitude 15 o 00N

In the Indian Ocean a line linking:

  • From the territorial waters off the coast of east Africa at latitude 05 o 00S to 050 o 00E

Then to positions:

  • Lat: 00 o 00N
  • Long: 055 o 00E
  • Lat: 10 o 00N
  • Long: 060 o 00E
  • Lat: 14 o 00N
  • Long: 060 o 00E

Then a bearing 310o to the territorial waters of the Arabian Peninsular.

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