A set of quick reference 'Bridge Cards’ can be a useful safety aide memoire for masters and crews on vessel transiting a high-risk area - particularly during times of tension caused by piracy attacks or other security threats.
As highlighted in our previous alert “Maritime security recommendations for operations in the Persian Gulf” of 7 January 2021, heightened military activity and increased political tensions in the Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden and Red Sea region continue to pose serious threats to commercial vessels. At the same time, the piracy activity in the Gulf of Guinea is rising and 2020 saw the highest ever number of crews kidnapped in the region, with incidents occurring farther from shore and attackers becoming increasingly more violent. Our alert “Maritime piracy hotspots persist during 2020” of 28 January 2021 has the details.
In recognition of these continuing security threats, the following quick reference ‘Bridge Cards’ have been published:
Bridge Cards are quick reference guides that aim to support mariners during times of tension caused by piracy attacks or other security threats. They summarize and present important information in a clear, unambiguous, and easy to perceive manner, including reporting routines, contact details of regional reporting centers, how to detect a suspicious approach or attack early on, as well as recommended actions that can be taken in response to a number of malign activity situations. While the cards are complementary to the information provided in a ship’s own security plan, BMPs, and security charts, they can be a useful safety aide memoire for masters and crews to adhere to when transiting the high-risk areas. We therefore encourage ship operators and Masters to take the guidance provided in the above referenced Bridge Cards into consideration in circumstances where their vessels may be exposed to security risks.
Additional sources of information
The Maritime Global Security website at www.maritimeglobalsecurity.org offers industry issued best practices, including BMPs, and other guidance to mariners by geographic region and type of security threat. Relevant information is also available via Gard’s webpages “Piracy and armed robbery at sea” and “Yemen – port situation”.