Safety & security and the use of privately contracted armed security personnel (PCASP) in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman

  • Published: 11th July 2019
  • Category: Briefings
  • Committee: Defence & Security

Members are invited to view the attached guidance on Safety and Security and the use of Privately Contracted Armed Security Personnel (PCASP) in the Arabian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman. The Guidance has been developed by the Round Table of Shipping Associations and OCIMF, in response to developments following the recent attacks against ships off Fujairah and in the Gulf of Oman.

This guidance is issued to offer risk mitigation considerations, available resources, clarity on the use of PCASP and awareness of navigation safety. In the advice, three aspects in particular are of vital importance:

1. PCASP should not be used as a risk mitigation measure in these waters;

2. All seafarers operating in the Gulf of Oman, Straits of Hormuz and Arabian Gulf must remain vigilant and listen for military warnings AT ALL TIMES;

3. Navigational norms in the Strait of Hormuz should continue to be complied with, and the use of the inshore traffic zone for navigation should only be undertaken for vessels calling at ports within the inshore area.

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