ISAF announced today the publication of Guidelines for yachts considering a passage through the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali waters.
In view of the recent escalation in piratical attacks in the area of the Gulf of Aden, Yemeni and Somali, and the consequent very high risk, the essential advice is not to enter this area. However a yacht which, despite this advice, decides on such a passage is recommended to make contact in advance with the naval authorities and will find in the document basic guidance for her transit. The Guidelines are a joint production of MSCHOA (Maritime Security Centre, Horn of Africa), and ISAF under the auspices of the ISAF International Regulations Commission
The International Regulations Commission has been established and appointed by the ISAF Executive Committee in accordance with Regulation 41 to provide advice on matters related to the regulation of recreational boats or craft by government actions or otherwise.
One of the aims of the International Regulations Commission is to "monitor any legislation or actions by international or national institutions and national Governments or other similar bodies which affect the navigation, manning, construction, equipment, safety and use of recreational craft or the environment and take (in conjunction with National Authorities and other bodies representative of the users of all types of recreational craft) appropriate action in regard thereto".
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 Coordination 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.
Click here to download a copy of the ISAF Guidelines
(Updated 12 March 2010).
Maritime Security Centre - http://www.mschoa.org/
ISAF Cruising microsite - www.sailing.org/cruising