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Aden, Yemen

Istanbul, Turkey

Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea



Ceasefire agreed
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Aden, Yemen

A ceasefire agreed by both sides after Southern Yemeni separatists took effective control of the city of Aden on Saturday (10 August) appears to be holding.

Flights to Aden International Airport have resumed, and the port of Aden is operating as normal.

For updates and information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

Collision at Istanbul Anchorage
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Istanbul, Turkey

A bulk carrier vessel, MV Dorric Warrior, and an oil tanker, MT Adriatic Mariner, collided while manoeuvring inside of the south anchorage of Bosphorus yesterday (13 August 2019) at local time 22:25 hours.

After the accident, Istanbul VTS sent their patrol boats to the incident place named Kurtarma-3 & Kurtarma 4. There was no report of any loss of life and property or sea pollution according to the initial inspection from the related authority.

Vessel traffic at Bosphorus has not been affected due to this collision and remains opened.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Threats to commercial vessels
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea

The U.S. Department of Transport’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has issued an advisory about heightened military activity and increased political tensions in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Sea, Red Sea which “continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels”.

The MSCI Advisory 2019-012 effective 08/07/2019 to 02/03/2020 states:

“Associated with these threats is a potential for miscalculation or misidentification that could lead to aggressive actions. Vessels operating in the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, and Gulf of Oman may also encounter GPS interference, bridge-to-bridge communications spoofing, and/or other communications jamming with little to no warning.

The international community, including the United States, continues maritime security operations within this region. Vessels operating in this area are advised to review security measures, ensure AIS is transmitting at all times, and monitor VHF Channel 16.

a) To afford best protection in the region, U.S. flagged commercial vessels are encouraged to:

– Simultaneously register with both the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) and U.S. Fifth Fleet Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Watch when entering the Indian Ocean Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA) by e-mailing them the Initial Report from Annex D of Best Management Practices to Deter Piracy and Enhance Maritime Safety in the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea (BMP5).

– Provide transit plans for the Strait of Hormuz (SoH) and Persian Gulf (PG) to UKMTO and U.S. Fifth Fleet NCAGS via a single e-mail, including the time of entering/exiting the SoH Traffic Separation Scheme, an outline of the navigation plan for operating in the SoH and PG, and speed restrictions or other constraints.

– In the event of any incident or suspicious activity, call UKMTO or the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch and activate the Ship Security Alert System immediately.

– Answer all VHF calls from coalition navies.

– Utilize other reports included in Annex D of BMP5 as necessary, including both UKMTO and Fifth Fleet NCAGS on each of these reports.

b) All vessels should be aware that U.S. and other coalition naval forces may conduct maritime awareness calls, queries, and approaches to ensure the safety of vessels transiting the Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz, Gulf of Oman, and Arabian Sea. If a U.S. flag commercial vessel suspects it is being hailed from a source falsely claiming to be a U.S. or coalition naval vessel, the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch should be immediately informed.

c) If hailed by Iranian forces, U.S. flag commercial vessels should provide vessel name, flag state, and affirm that they are proceeding in accordance with international law as reflected in the Law of the Sea Convention. The master should immediately inform the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch.

d) If Iranian forces seek to board a U.S. flag commercial vessel navigating these waters, the ship’s Master should, if the safety of the ship and crew would not be compromised, decline permission to board, noting that the vessel is proceeding in accordance with international law, and immediately inform the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch.

e) If Iranian forces board a U.S. flagged commercial vessel, the vessel should immediately contact the U.S. Fifth Fleet Battle Watch. The crew should not forcibly resist the boarding party. Refraining from forcible resistance does not imply consent or agreement to that boarding.

f) The Maritime Global Security website at https://www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org/ offers industry issued best practices, including BMP5, and guidance to mariners by geographic region and provides contact and subscription information for regional maritime security reporting centers.

g) Vessels operating in this area are advised to establish contact with both UKMTO and the U.S. Fifth Fleet NCAGS Watch, and to include both on all update or incident report emails, as detailed above. By including both as addressees on each email, awareness will be enhanced without creating an additional reporting burden.

Contact Information:

a) Fifth Fleet Battle Watch: + 973-1785-3879, and email details to: CUSNC.BWC@ME.NAVY.MIL.

b) Fifth Fleet NCAGS: CUSNC.NCAGS_BW@ME.NAVY.MIL or +973-3904-9583 or +973-1785-0084.

c) UKMTO: watchkeepers@ukmto.org or +44 (0) 2392 222060. UKMTO advisories and warnings are available at http://www.ukmto.org/.

d) U.S. Coast Guard: Per 33 CFR 101.305, all suspicious activities, breaches of security, and transportation security incident events must also be reported to the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center at +1-800-424-8802.

e) For maritime industry questions about this advisory, contact GMCC@uscg.mil. Supplemental information may also be found on the MARAD Office of Maritime Security website at: https://go.usa.gov/xUKsb

For more information about U.S. Maritime Alerts and Advisories, including subscription details, please visit http://www.marad.dot.gov/MSCI.”

For information about GAC operations in the Middle East, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the GAC WORLDWIDE section of www.gac.com

Soil Investigation Works Off Keppel Bay
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Singapore

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Port Marine Notice No. 076/ of 2019

Applicable to: Mariners operating in the vicinity of Keppel Bay

Date: With effect from 15 August 2019 to 30 September 2019

Location: Off Keppel Bay, at the following co-ordinates.

(WGS 84 Datum)

Point 5CMBH1 Latitude (N) 01° 15.790’N Longitude (E) 103° 48.808’E
Point 5CMBH2 Latitude (N) 01° 15.813’N Longitude (E) 103° 48.859’E
Point 5CMBH3 Latitude (N) 01° 15.831’N Longitude (E) 103° 48.901’E

Working Hours: 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.

Craft: These crafts will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

Maju (Tug Boat)
Harbour Craft Licence No. ST 0220E

ST 0725H (Tug Boat)
Harbour Craft Licence No. ST 0725H

ST 0689H (Tug Boat)
Harbour Craft Licence No. ST 0689H

SC 3738B (Supply Vessel / Safety Boat)
Harbour Craft Licence No. SC 3738B

SC 4396Z (Supply Vessel)
Harbour Craft Licence No. SC 4396Z

BOT BARU 1 (Passenger Boat)
Harbour Craft Licence No. SP 1117 H

SIPL 5 (Jack-up Barge)
Harbour Craft Licence No. SR 2732 D

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of marine drilling using a jack-up barge. Tug boats will be used to tow the barge into position.

The safety zone is a circular area of 30m radius centered at the locations of the jack-up barge.

A safety boat will be in attendance to warn and direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of working area.

Further enquires relating to the project can be directed to Mr Aneesh K, Manager at Tel: 8268 8171 (email: aneesh@soilinvestigation.com.sg).

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep well clear of the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 05 (Cruise Bay Control); and
e) Communicate with Cruise Bay Control on VHF Channel 05 for assistance, if required.

Please call Capt Scott Ngiam at Tel: 6773-7401 or Marine Safety Control Centre (MSCC) Duty Officer at 6325-2488/2489 for clarification on this Port Marine Notice.

Source: MPA News Alert No. 076 of 2019

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Vessel Traffic at Dardanelles
Wednesday, August 14, 2019, Turkey

Vessel traffic at Dardanelles will be suspended for both ways from 02:00 to 16:00 on 15.08.2019 due to Construction of the Canakkale 1915 Bridge.

For further details and information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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