Piracy Prevention and Security precautions
Our company Piracy prevention program is based on the Best Management Practices (BMP4), with the purpose to assist our vessels to avoid, deter or delay piracy attacks in the defined High Risk Areas and declared war zones. Voyages going through High Risk Areas (HRA) will be risk assessed (RA) when applicable and when changes in the security situation changes. Based on the risk assessment for the Gulf of Arden, the present standing policy and precautions includes a full BMP4 implementation, Vessel tracking and Armed Guards involvement in accordance with insurance rates and expectations.
All voyages is planned, managed, monitored and communicated by the ACSO Experience and data collected by Naval/-Military forces, shows that the application of the recommendations contained within BMP4, makes a significant difference in preventing a ship becoming a victim of piracy. The potential consequences of not following BMP, as set out in this booklet, are severe. There have been instances of pirates subjecting their hostages to violence and other ill treatment.The average length of a hijacking of vessel and her crew is over 7 months. (Note Naval/Military forces often refer to a ‘pirated’ vessel rather than a ‘hijacked’ vessel, but the meaning is the same).
For the purposes of our piracy prevention program based on the BMP, the term ‘piracy’ includes all acts of violence against potential vessels, her crew and cargo. This includes armed robbery and attempts to board and take control of the vessel, wherever this may take place. Somali pirates have, to date, sought to hijack a vessel, her cargo and crew and hold them until a ransom demand is paid.