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Annex Guidelines on Operational Procedures for the Promulgation of Maritime Safety Information Concerning Acts of Piracy and Piracy Counter-Measure Operations

  1 Maritime Safety Information (MSI) concerning acts of piracy and piracy counter-measure operations is broadcast through the World-Wide Navigational Warning Service (WWNWS) in accordance with the general guidance and requirements contained in MSC.1/Circ.1310: Revised Joint IMO/IHO/WMO Manual on Maritime Safety Information (Joint MSI Manual) and the International SafetyNET Manual. These operational procedures provide specific additional guidance for naval and military authorities involved in the gathering and interpretation of information on acts of piracy and piracy counter-measure operations, and NAVAREA or National Coordinators within the WWNWS who are responsible for originating the broadcasts.

  2 A piracy attack warning should be broadcast as an "URGENT" NAVAREA or Coastal Warning immediately on receipt of the source information and at least at the next scheduled broadcast or for as long as the information remains valid.

  3 Naval or military authorities wishing to provide information on acts of piracy and piracy counter-measure operations for broadcast under these procedures should nominate a Military Navigational Warning Coordinator (MNWC) for all matters related to the release and coordination of information for broadcast. Contact details for the MNWC should be notified to the IMO Secretariat (info@imo.org) and the IHO (info@ihb.mc), who will inform the chairman of the IHO World-Wide Navigational Warnings Service Sub-Committee (IHO WWNWS-SC).

  4 As the single point of contact for the WWNWS in this regard, the Chairman of the IHO WWNWS-SC should nominate an alternative to act on his behalf in the event that he is not available at any time.

  5 Draft messages concerning piracy and piracy counter-measures for input into the WWNWS should be routed through the MNWC to the Chairman of the IHO WWNWS-SC.

  6 The Chairman of the IHO WWNWS-SC should:

  • .1 check messages for format in accordance with the Joint MSI Manual;

  • .2 liaise with MNWC if any changes are needed to the draft; and

  • .3 forward the approved text to the relevant NAVAREA or National Coordinator(s) for broadcast.

  7 Personnel providing navigational warnings concerning acts of piracy and piracy counter-measure operations should have a working knowledge of:

  • ..1 SOLAS chapter IV and the GMDSS;

  • .2 MSC.1/Circ.1310 and resolutions A.705(17) Promulgation of Maritime Safety Information, as amended, and A.706(17) World Wide Navigational Warning Service, as amended, including the use of standardized texts and message formats; and

  • .3 the legal definitions of piracy; relevant parts of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), particularly as they apply to territorial waters limits; and other political and operational issues related to the environment in which they are operating.

  8 Naval and military authorities should avoid requesting broadcasts that give instructions to merchant shipping and instead phrase their warnings in factual and/or advisory terms.

  9 Naval and military authorities providing information for broadcast may wish to install facilities to receive Inmarsat-C SafetyNET and, where appropriate, NAVTEX so that they can monitor the broadcast of messages.

  10 MNWCs are responsible for informing the Chairman of the IHO WWNWS-SC as appropriate, when the information is no longer valid.

  11 Once the MNWC has forwarded information to the Chairman of the IHO WWNWS-SC for broadcast, the final decision on what to broadcast and how this is done rests with the NAVAREA or National Coordinator concerned. This decision should be guided by resolution A.706(17), as amended, the International SafetyNET Manual and MSC.1/Circ.1310, and be taken in the light of all other information on hand.


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