Advisory #: 2010-07
Date Issued: Jun 24 2010
To: MARINERS
Subject: HIGH RISK WATERS OF THE GULF OF GUINEA

1.  THIS MARAD ADVISORY PROVIDES GUIDANCE TO VESSELS TRANSITING TERRITORIAL WATERS OF THE GULF OF GUINEA.

2.  THIS ADVISORY WILL BE PUBLISHED ON THE MARAD WEB SITE AT WWW.MARAD.DOT.GOV.

3.  U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS WITH SHIPS IN THE AFFECTED AREAS ARE REQUESTED TO FORWARD THIS ADVISORY TO THEIR SHIPS BY THE MOST EXPEDITIOUS MEANS.

4.  ARMED GROUPS THAT OPERATE IN THE REGION HAVE CARRIED OUT ATTACKS ON VESSELS WITH AUTOMATIC WEAPONS.  ATTACKERS HAVE TAKEN THE MASTER AND OTHER CREWMEMBERS OFF THE VESSEL AND DEMANDED A RANSOM IN EXCHANGE FOR THEIR SAFE RETURN. VESSELS OPERATING IN CLOSE PROXIMITY OF THE OIL PLATFORMS IN NIGERIAN WATERS STAND GREATER RISK FROM ARMED ATTACKS.

5.  ROBBERS ARMED WITH KNIVES HAVE BOARDED VESSELS IN SUBJECT WATERS AND HAVE ROBBED CREW AND SHIP EQUIPMENT.  MOST EVENTS OCCUR CLOSE TO SHORE OR AT ANCHORAGES.  ARMED ROBBERS COME ONBOARD LOOKING FOR VALUABLES AND EQUIPMENT THEY CAN STEAL.

6.  U.S.-FLAG OPERATORS WITH SHIPS IN THE SUBJECT HIGH RISK WATERS (HRW) SHOULD TRANSIT WITH EXTREME CAUTION AND VIGILANCE.

7.  VESSELS TRANSITING SUBJECT WATERS MUST COMPLY WITH U.S. COAST GUARD MARSEC DIRECTIVE 104-6 (REV. 3) AND ACCORDINGLY, SHOULD CONDUCT A PRE-VOYAGE RISK ASSESSMENT AND INCORPORATE APPROPRIATE PROTECTIVE MEASURES INTO THEIR VESSEL SECURITY PLAN.

8.  FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT CAPTAIN ROBERT FORD, MARITIME ADMINISTRATION, OFFICE OF SECURITY, CODE: MAR-420, ROOM W25-207, 1200 NEW JERSEY AVE, S.E., WASHINGTON, DC 20590, TELEPHONE 202-366-0223, FACSIMILE 202-366-3954, TLX II 710.822.9426 (MARAD DOT WSH), OR EMAIL: MARADSECURITY@DOT.GOV.

9.  FOR FUTHER INFORMATION ON THE US COAST GUARD MARSEC DIRECTIVE CONTACT LCDR JAMES FOGLE AT TELEPHONE 202-372-1038, OR EMAIL JAMES.T.FOGLE@USCG.MIL.

10. CANCEL ADVISORY 2008 – 01.