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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

PIRACY - ADVICE TO ALL SHIPS

IMB advises to take extra caution at all ports/waters in Indonesia, Gelasa Str, Bangka Str, Sunda Str, Bangkok Bar, Manila Bay, Singapore Str, Philip Channel, Sprattly Islands, Chittagong Roads, Colombo ports, Gulf of Aden/Somali coast, Soctra Is. And West African ports.

All ships are advised to maintain anti-piracy watches and all suspicious or unexplained movements of approaching boats or piracy attacks should immediately be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Anti Piracy Helpline numbers are: Telephone: +603 201 0014 Fax: +603 238 5769 Telex: +MA31880 IMBPCI e-mail: ccskl@imbkl.po.my  The services of the Centre are free, and are available to the shipping industry 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

INTERTANKO Council member Capt Allan Skilton, Safety & Marine Manager of Primorsk Shipping met with IMB's Deputy Director, Capt Jayant Abhyankar, in London last December on behalf of the INTERTANKO Asian Regional Panel. Several interesting points were raised during the meeting, which focused on fostering cooperation between the two organisations, including receiving INTERTANKO's input regarding piracy matters, invitations to INTERTANKO to participate in meetings concerning piracy, and possible interest by IMB in INTERTANKO reviewing/endorsing papers they submit to the IMO.