Industry Associations Have Revised the Security Guidance Applicable to Navigating in the Southern Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden

By February 6, 2024 No Comments

BIMCO (The Baltic and International Maritime Council), CLIA, ICS, IMCA, INTERCARGO, INTERTANKO and OCIMF, have issued security guidelines for the Southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

It comes after a string of attacks by the Houthis, a rebel organisation supported by Iran that is located in Yemen. The group attacks shipping which in their view has some affiliation with Israel, ships coming from- or going to Israeli ports, and ships affiliated with the US or the UK. The most current developments have been reflected in the updated advice.

Red Sea and Gulf of Aden (image courtesy of Google Maps 2024)

The guidelines underscore the significance of carrying out an exhaustive danger and risk assessment tailored to the ship and the journey, taking into account any supplementary recommendations from the ship’s flag state, before traversing the affected area.
The guidelines emphasise that the Yemeni coastline, which is partially under Houthi control, is more vulnerable to maritime threats from the Houthi forces. The guidelines also provide recommendations regarding appropriate waiting sites if it is decided to postpone transit through the Southern Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, and they warn against following Houthi instructions to reroute to Houthi-controlled ports for the detention of the ship and crew.

The full guidance can be downloaded from the Bimco Website

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