Piracy in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia

Yachts to be included in Piracy Deterrence Operations in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia


The Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa (MSCHOA) aims to provide a service to mariners in the Gulf of Aden, the Somali Basin and off the Horn of Africa. It is a Co-ordination Centre dedicated to safeguarding legitimate freedom of navigation in the light of increasing risks of pirate attack against merchant shipping in the region, in support of the UN Security Council's Resolutions (UNSCR) 1814, 1816 and 1838. MSCHOA has been set up by the EU as part of a European Security and Defence Policy initiative to combat piracy in the Horn of Africa. The operation is described at:  http://www.mschoa.eu/About.aspx


In consultation with the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), the EU has offered to include yachts in their piracy deterrence scheme within the EU fleet area of operation, that is to say Gulf of Aden and East coast of Somalia. Yacht skippers should not attempt to ask for a login and password for the official web site before a procedure to authenticate yachts has been put in place. This procedure is now being developed by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) in conjunction with MSCHOA and yachts will be advised of details as soon as possible.


In the interim yacht skippers may inform the centre of their intended plans using the contact details under: http://www.mschoa.eu/About.aspx - Public Access Area, 'Contact us', where you will see a contact telephone number +44 (0) 1923 958545 and email address postmaster@mschoa.org.


For more information contact RATS via email or the CA Office. It is likely that CA members will be able to pass details of their imminent passage through the area to the office for transmission onwards to MSCHOA but this cannot be confirmed at present.