We require notification of security threats or incident. We take these to be as follows: bomb threat, threat of use of force, hijack, terrorist attack, piracy or any incident where firearms are involved.

Security details of ports can be found on IMO’s “Global Integrated Shipping Information System (GISIS) – www.gisis.imo.org. When preparing the passage plan or during the process of the voyage, the CSO, Master & Ship Security Officer should take into account any security information/advice received e.g. from our Administration, the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre, International Maritime Organization or Regional Security Centers.

Areas of high maritime security risk identified should be avoided as much as possible. If the areas cannot be avoided, CSO, Master/SSO should ensure enhancement of onboard security measures in order to minimize any security risk identified.

Shipowners, Managers & Masters should take note of and implement where appropriate, the advice and information contained in the IMO Circulars about Piracy which can be downloaded from the IMO website.

If a ship is sailing off the coast of Somalia, the western Indian Ocean and seas close to these areas shipowners, ship operators and managers, shipping companies and shipmasters should:

  • Accept the advice of MSCHOA and ICS;
  • Register the intended movement of their ship with MSCHOA via the website www.mschoa.org;
  • Report the navigation route of their ship to the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) Dubai, when navigating through the Gulf of Aden and/or the Western Indian Ocean;
  • Take prompt action in response to any alerts or guidance issued by MSCHOA, UKMTO Dubai, Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) Bahrain, the International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB PRC), ALINDIEN (Tel: +33 (0) 4 83 16 10 97 – alindien@free.fr) or any coastal State authority in the region so as to minimize the risk of attack; and
  • Report any attacks or suspected pirate activity immediately to:

       UKMTO Dubai (Tel: +97 1505523215 – ukmto@eim.ae)

       or IMB PRC (Tel: +60 320310014 – imbkl@icc-ccs.org / piracy@icc-ccs.org)

with further reports to MSCHOA (opscentre@mschoa.org) and the regional Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre as soon as possible.

Our Government will not condone the use of armed guards onboard Maldives ships.


We have registered our LRIT National Data Centre with the European Naval Protection Force in the Gulf of Aden (EUNAVFOR). This will allow EUNAVFOR to see the position of any of our ships that are sailing in the area of the Gulf of Aden to help deter, prevent and repress acts of piracy and armed robbery. It will greatly improve safety if the vessels voyage was registered with the Maritime Security Centre on the www.mschoa.org website to facilitate tracking.

If your clients have any questions about this please contact Terry Powell who is our liaison with EUNAVFOR.