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For the latest position, see our Alert of 21 December 2020.

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.