ABS Releases quick reference guide for piracy

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Classification society the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has prepared a quick reference guide (QRG), in support of the maritime community’s efforts to protect seafarers against acts of piracy and to assist crew in implementing the industry’s “Best Management Practices for the Protection of Seafarers from Somali Based Piracy,” commonly referred to as BMPs.

The laminated, pocket-sized guide summarises the recently published ‘Version Four’ of the BMPs in a user-friendly format which can assist the Master and the Ship Security Officer in preparing the vessel for transit through a high-risk area. It also identifies actions to take, should the vessel and its crew be attacked.

Hemant Juneja, ABS Director of Management Systems Certification, said: “This Guide is another tool ship operators can use against the menace of piracy and hijacking. It is not intended to replace the BMPs but rather act as a supplement designed especially to give the crew a quick reference guide for protection against these threats. It can also be used as a training tool in shipboard drills and exercises.”