Published: 23 May 2019

Alistair Moir

Following the recent attacks against tankers at anchor off the port of Fujairah the following advice has been issued to companies by INTERTANKO and OCIMF:          

  • Undertake a new ship and voyage-specific threat risk assessment before entering any region where there has been an incident or the threat has changed.
  • After the risk assessment, review the Ship’s Security Plan.
  • Review section 2 of BMP5, which outlines threats.
  • Maintain a full and vigilant bridge watch for ships at anchor.
  • Implement deck patrols.
  • Implement a waterborne security patrol.
  • Maintain a strict communications watch and establish communication with all ships coming close.
  • Ensure strict boarding controls are in place.
  • Only lower accommodation gangways or ladders when necessary.
  • Rig outboard lighting where possible, particularly over the stern and rig/use searchlights if available.
  • Report any suspicious activity immediately to both the port and UKMTO +442392222060.
  • Monitor relevant VHF and other communication channels.
  • Check all fire-fighting equipment is available for immediate use. Make sure the emergency fire pump is available if any maintenance is being undertaken.
  • Keep the Automatic Information System (AIS) on. There is no need to complete the field stating the last or next port of call.

Members are advised to contact these organisations directly for further information and to report all suspicious activity in the area. 

The London insurance market’s Joint War Committee (JWC) has also extended the high-risk area for shipping after the Fujairah tanker attacks. The list now includes Oman, the United Arab emirates and the Persian Gulf west of longitude 58°E. The committee also said claims from the attacks will be “significant”.