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For an overview of the latest updates see http://www.gard.no/web/content/yemen-port-situation.

Continued regional tensions in Yemen have increased the risks to commercial vessels transiting the Southern Red Sea.

On 27 March 2017 the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) issued a revised advisory to US flagged commercial vessels operating in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden region, see US Maritime Advisory 2017-002 for details. The advisory warns of increased fighting along the southern Red Sea coast and urges commercial vessels in the region to operate under a heightened state of alert due to the potential for direct or collateral damage. The following guidance is provided:

  • conduct a pre-voyage risk assessment and incorporate appropriate protective measures into the vessel’s security plans prior to transiting the region;
  • establish and remain in contact with the with the US Fifth Fleet Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) detachment, telephone: +011 973 1785 3879 or email: cusnc.bwc@me.navy.mil as well as with the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO);
  • avoid entering or loitering near Yemen’s Red Sea ports;
  • be especially vigilant when at anchor, operating in restricted maneuvering environments or at slow speeds; and
  • report any unusual or hostile activities immediately to the Coalition naval forces using VHF Channel 16.

See also our Gard Alerts “Yemen – port situation” of 22 February 2017 and “Red Sea security warning – update” of 14 October 2016 for additional information and advice to vessels operating in this region.