Yachting anti-piracy emergency contacts
In the event you are attacked, or are under threat of an attack, use the emergency contact numbers provided for UKMTO, MARLO and the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
UK Maritime Trade Organisation
UKMTO coordinates the management of all merchant ship and yachts in the High Risk Area (HRA). They also administer the voluntary reporting scheme. If transiting the HRA it is recommended yachts keep position with the UKMTO on a daily basis.
Emergency contact number: +971 50 55 23215
MARLO: Gulf of Aden
US-flagged vessels transiting the HRA may wish to contact MARLO which keeps a 24-hour watch.
Emergency contact number: +973 3940 1395
Tel: +973 17 85 3925
International Maritime Bureau Piracy Reporting Centre
This site – run by the International Chamber of Commerce Commercial Crime Services – contains the latest piracy reports, with regularly updated piracy maps. The information is collated by the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, in Kuala Lumpur.
Emergency contact number: + 60 3 2031 0014
Tel: + 60 3 2078 5763
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Merchant Maritime Warfare Centre
UK-based counter-piracy consultancy. The Ship Support Service offers 24/7 free advice. Handbooks and DVDs available.
Tel: +44 (0)1590 700 706
NATO Shipping Centre
Latest guidance from the naval task force, including pictures of pirated ships now being used as pirate motherships.
Tel: +44 (0)1923 956 574
International Sailing Federation
In 2010, the ISF produced this PDF document, containing advice and guidance on how to avoid a piracy attack, and what to do if one occurs.
Guidelines on anti-piracy measures.
This site provides free information for seafarers undergoing voyages or preparing for one. Its piracy section contains general advice, useful links and first-hand reports.
International Marine Organisation
The IMO’s International Ship and Port Facility Security Code was set up after 9/11 to standardise the evaluation of risk and determine appropriate security measures. As part of SOLAS, it applies to all vessels covered by that convention. The IMO also provides regularly updated piracy reports, and guidance on using private armed security.
For the official piracy reports: http://www.imo.org/OurWork/Security/PiracyArmedRobbery/Reports/Pages/Default.aspx