Piracy, Armed Robbery and Conflict at Sea - 2024-25 Edition
This publication provides advice on current piracy and armed robbery hotspots, as well as conflict regions and areas of increased risk. It includes the latest industry guidelines and advice to aid in the development of Ship Security Plans and also provides useful material for the training of Masters and Ship Security Officers to help achieve mandatory training requirements.
This 2024-2025 edition fully updates and supersedes 'Pirates and Armed Robbers: Guidelines on Prevention for Masters and Ship Security Officers 4th Edition' by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS).
The Guide provides a comprehensive overview of the measures seafarers should take to protect against, prevent, respond and recover from an incident of piracy, armed robbery or conflict at sea.
Current threat profiles and up-to-date guidance is outlined, including the latest international and regional regulatory guidance, to aid seafarers in understanding the complexities of security challenges at sea and for each individual voyage.
The book details the security measures needed on board to protect against attacks, as well as how to create and implement a successful ship security plan, as required by the ISPS Code. Practical security measures, including the creation of the citadel, are listed in detail, as well as international and national cooperation schemes in place. Advice for navigation and passage planning in areas of high risk is also given, alongside details of training programmes that should be in place for crew and onshore staff.
This Guide also provides step by step advice to be followed in the event of an attack on board, including ship damage mitigation measures, medical considerations, guidance for hostage situations and the preparation and response to missile, mine and drone attacks. It also outlines considerations for the ship management team such as responding to ransom requests and media management and communication.
Annexes provided include useful reporting forms and reference checklists for each stage of an incident (protect, prevent, respond and recover).
Part A ? Preparation ? Understanding the Security Challenges
Section 1 The Threat to Ships
Section 2 Regions, Areas and Trends
Section 3 Industry Guidance
Part B ? Protection
Section 4 Security Measures On board
Section 5 Navigation and Operations in Areas of Piracy, Armed Robbery and Conflict
Section 6 Other Security Measures
Part C ? Prevention
Section 7 International and National Cooperation
Section 8 Training and Education
Part D ? Response
Section 9 Initial Response to an Attack On Board
Section 10 Ongoing Incident Management On Board
Section 11 Post-Incident Response
Annex A Reporting Forms and Contact Information
Annex B Checklists
International Chamber of Shipping
The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) is the principal international trade association for the shipping industry, representing shipowners and operators in all sectors and trades. ICS membership comprises national shipowners' associations in Asia, Europe and the Americas whose member shipping companies operate over 80% of the world's merchant tonnage.
Established in 1921, ICS is concerned with all technical, legal, employment affairs and policy issues that may affect international shipping.
ICS represents shipowners with the various intergovernmental regulatory bodies that impact on shipping, including the International Maritime Organization.
ICS also develops best practices and guidance, including a wide range of publications and free resources that are used by ship operators globally.
Witherbys titles are developed using scripts developed by technical experts that are peer reviewed within work groups. Typically, they seek to improve understanding of the regulations, recommendations and guidelines issued by Industry.
Witherbys staff have significant expertise in the fields of navigation and hazardous cargoes as well as in the presentation of complex subjects in a graphic and easy to understand manner.
- Number of Pages:
- Published Date:
- December 2023
- Book Height:
- 300 mm
- Book Width:
- 220 mm
- 1.2 kg
International Chamber of Shipping and Witherbys
- Publication Date:
- December 2023