Security Corridor from Oman to Aden, Yemen
Published: 2009-03-29 05:44:41
Topics: Piracy & Security
We have just arrived, 26th March 2009, in Aden, Yemen. We used the Secuirity Corridor that has been in effect since January, 2009. Using the corridor was a good decision for us as we ended up sailing solo for the 400 plus miles it takes to go from Salalah, Oman, to Aden, Yemen. We appreciated the constant vigilence of the "assets" that were in and around the corridor. These included navy ships of all sizes, helicopter fly overs, and several planes buzzing us at low altitudes. We were a little confused at first because we were told not to talk on VHF 16 unless it was an emergency, yet the ships and planes called us to see "if we had seen any suspicious activity within the last 24 hours" and to identify ourselves.
So there we were, giving all the info about us on the radio. A trio of boats left the day before we did and went coastal to within 15 miles out. They had no problems. We also registered with UKMTO (check on internet for form) which is a British security organization who invites all ships of any size to register with them (for free) before they transit the corridor. The head of the organization personally responded to our emails and gave us advice to stay to the center of the corridor in the traffic seperation scheme, which is two miles wide. We sent an updated location to UKMTO of our position every 12/24 hours.
The last 18 hours we crossed the lanes and headed straight for Aden, enjoying a following wind and sea. Everyone here in Aden is kind and courteous, but be forewarned, due to the bombing of the USS Cole several years ago, the security is much tighter in a way that only promotes much paperwork, with copies to be made, stamped and returned, which ends up adding countless trips and hours to a simple job, like getting a mechanic out to your boat. But seeing the camels pulling carts and the wild flamingos . . .it makes it all worth while.
Note The UKMTO form can be downloaded from