Tag: UK P&I

UK P&I Club : Lessons Learned : Collision with sailing vessel

Collisions at sea are not nearly as unusual as we might think.  While high profile cases such as the recent fatal collision between the tanker Sanchi and bulk carrier CF Crystal capture the international media’s attention, there are vast numbers that never get mentioned in the news whatsoever.
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West Africa Piracy : Who are you going to call?

If you’re operating in the Gulf of Guinea / West Africa area and you’re being approached by small boats with hostile intent, you might well be asking yourself this question.  In the Gulf of Aden/Horn of Africa area of operations, the contacts are well established : UKMTO, MSCHOA, MARLO and the IMB Piracy Reporting Center.  Off the West Coast of Africa and in the Gulf of Guinea, the contacts aside from the IMB-PRC are a little more nebulous.

The UK P&I Club has recognized this shortfall and issued Bulletin 874 – 03/13 – Nigeria & Guinea Emergency Contacts – West Africa.  While this bulletin does include contacts for local military, some of the phone numbers are for mobile phones.  If you are operating in this High Risk area, an initial connectivity check and periodic communications assurance would be recommended.

Bulletin 874 – 03/13 – Nigeria & Guinea Emergency Contacts – West Africa