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Yachts included in Piracy Deterrence Operations

By Sue Richards last modified Apr 04, 2009 04:24 PM

Published: 2009-04-04 16:24:28
Topics: Piracy & Security
Countries: Yemen , Somalia

The Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) aims to provide a service to mariners in the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin and off the Horn of Africa. It is a Coordination Centre dedicated to safeguarding legitimate freedom of navigation in the light of increasing risks of pirate attack against merchant shipping in the region, in support of the UN Security Council’s Resolutions (UNSCR) 1814, 1816 and 1838.

MSCHOA has been set up by the EU as part of a European Security and Defence Policy initiative to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa. The operation is described clearly on the MSCHOA website.

In consultation with the the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the EU has offered to include yachts in their piracy deterrence scheme within the EU fleet area of operation, that is to say Gulf of Aden and East coast of Somalia.

Yacht skippers should not attempt to ask for a login and password before a procedure to authenticate yachts has been put in place. This procedure is now being developed and noonsite hopes to post a full press release shortly.

In the interim, yachts may inform the centre of their intended plans using the contact telephone number: +44 (0) 1923 958545 and e-mail [email protected].

Our thanks to the OCC for this information.