Transit in High Risk Area (Gulf of Aden)
Preparations before transiting the Gulf of Aden
When the ship from travelling from Asia to Europe and there are two possibilities where to pass either South Africa or Suez Canal. If you will cross the Suez Canal, you must prepare the ship and crew when crossing the High Risk Area near the Gulf of Aden. The company or the Charterer will order the extra Armed Guard near the Colombo in Pakistan, Alphard Company is one example with these kind of services.
The armed guard consist of 4-5 person who will aboard the ship and will travel with you until Red Sea where their accommodation barge waiting for them. Before they embark, some of the equipment’s like razor wire, high pressure fire hose must be installed already. August 2016 and latest was February 2017 when we cross the HRA, we installed all the razor wire to the side railings on deck and fixed all the available fire hoses we have and locked all the accessible doors to the accommodation.
The biggest risk is not taking any risk… In a world that changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.
Most of the ship have designated citadel room to master when pirates on-board the ship, like the movie of Captain Philips. All necessary materials and equipment s must always ready in that room either you transit here or not and I can´t discuss all of that for security reason.
Did you transit in Gulf of Aden before? What is your experience and preparations?