What are precautions regarding Piracy Attack ? |

What are precautions regarding Piracy Attack ?


  • A dedicated visual lookout on the bridge giving particular attention to the movement of small boats in the vicinity of the ship ( usually they display erratic course and lights)
  • Lookout by radar for the movement of small boats in the vicinity of the ship.
  • Patrolmen in groups of two, keeping a roving watch on the deck, with walkie talkies.
  • Fire hoses rigged on the sunken deck and main deck railing at midship and near L./boats railing on either sides.
  • Fire line to be kept pressurised, with anchor wash open.
  • Place a dummy of the sunken deck railing facing aft.
  • Sunken deck illuminated by switching on the flood lights (taking care light does not interfere the safety of navigation.
  • Searchlights checked working and kept ready.
  • Aldis Lamp tested and kept ready.
  • Test the working condition of forward electric horn and check the air to be available for main mast air whistle. So as to able to sound an alarm, attract the attention of other vessels or even to let the pirates know that their presence has been detected.
  • All entrances to the accommodation , except for one wheelhouse door, should be secured from inside.
  • Monitor VHF traffic.
  • Secure all restricted spaces and unsupervised access points in high threat areas.
  • Crew to be familiar with the fire alarm manual push button in various locations
  • Additional Precautions:

During Sailing :

  • Consider daylight passage in the areas identified as possible high threat areas or during passage of confined waters
  • Be aware of small vessels, especially speed boats , should be treated with suspicion.
  • Maintain a wide berth from large vessels, especially LNG and oil tankers.
  • Navigate as far away from land as is practical.
  • Check the regular status reports of piracy and armed robbery attack via routine broadcast on INMARSAT C, through Safety Net service and Fleet Broadcast.

In Port or at Anchor:

  • Where possible, avoid remaining in achorages, either steam or drift (with engines on standby) 20-40 nm off-shore at night, only returning within VHF range at intervals for orders/news regarding berthing instructions. If possible to attempt to arrive in port during daylight hrs or scheduled arrival for berthng on arrival.
  • Full lighting should be provided on deck and overside.
  • Exhibit clean signs of alertness by switching on/off deck lights, sweeping surrounding waters with searchlights periodically, testing water hoses, etc.
  • Ensure wires or ropes do not hand over side unnecessary.
  • Prohibit trading between crew and locals on board ship.
  • Efficient Gangway watch & maintain a strict record of visitors in Visitor’s Log.
  • All cabins locked
  • Public spaces such as wheelhouse and radio rooms should be locked.
  • Pilferable items in the mess rooms, smoke rooms and common offices should be secured as far as possible in locked cabinets or lockers.


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