PIRACY: THE INFORMATION OF THE MARITIME SECURITY TRANSIT CORRIDOR
On 6 September the Combined Maritime Forces, a multi-national naval partnership comprised of 32 member nations, issued a press release to announce the establishment of a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC). The MSTC will apply to merchant ships transiting through the Gulf of Aden, Bab Al Mandeb, the Southern Red Sea and associated waters. It consists of the Bab Al Mandeb traffic separation scheme (TSS), and the TSS west of the Hamish Islands; the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (ITRC) which was established in 2008; and a two-way route directly connecting the them.
The formation of the MSTC should allow naval forces to be deployed more efficiently and provide merchant ships with greater security in the region. It will not have any impact upon the group sailings or escorted transits within the ITRC. Merchant ship s should remain vigilant and continue to ensure comprehensive planning and self-protections measures are put in place. Ships transiting high risk areas should continue to apply Best Management Practices 4, details of which can be found on the Piracy Focus page of the Britannia website.