News 17 Feb, 2009

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden - New Transit Corridors

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden – New Transit Corridors

Members are advised that the recommended transit corridor though the Gulf of Aden has been changed. Separate lanes have been created both eastbound and westbound, each five miles wide and divided by a two mile buffer zone. The new lanes are shown on the attached chartlet. The revised co-ordinates are as follows:

12° 00´N, 45° 00´E 14° 30´N, 53° 00´E
11° 55´N, 45° 00´E 14° 25´N, 53° 00´E
11° 53´N, 45° 00´E 14° 23´N, 53° 00´E
11° 48´N, 45° 00´E 14° 18´N, 53° 00´E


Eastbound Lane

The eastbound lane begins at 45° 00´E between 11° 48´N and 11° 53´N. The lane follows a straight line course of 072 degrees and terminates at 53° 00´E between 14° 18´N and 14° 23´N.

Westbound Lane

The westbound lane begins at 53° 00´E between 14° 25´N and 14° 30´N. The lane follows a straight line course of 252 degrees and terminates at 45° 00´E between 11° 55´N and 12° 00´N.

Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa)

Members who have not done so already are encouraged to register their details on the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa) website at www.mschoa.org. The website is run by the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) and contains a great deal of useful information including piracy alerts, reporting procedures, advice to masters and group transits through the recommended corridors. The registration process is free of charge but it may take up to 48 hours before access is granted.

If further details are required, please contact the Loss Prevention Department.