2 April 2012
PIRACY: PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE SAYS ATOBVIAC
"Anti-Piracy Routeing Too"
It is no secret that piracy attacks are becoming more audacious and that methods necessary to combat such attacks
are becoming more extreme. Local restrictions often mean that ship owners can t always obtain reliable armed
protection, attacks are now expected up to 120 nautical miles off
the coast of some areas and concern exists over moves to ban ransom payments - the choices for operators are
fraught with difficulty.
AtoBviaC Plc has recently introduced a new Anti-Piracy Routeing Tool in the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables “The
Anti-Piracy Control allows ship operators to make informed decisions on
voyages which may need to avoid piracy areas” says Captain Trevor Hall Director of AtoBviaC “With the amount of
uncertainty in the industry and the depressed freight rates currently being experienced, the implication of
avoiding piracy has to be carefully measured.
“The AtoBviaC tool enables the ship operator to select routes based on the most current intelligence, and
accurately calculate the time and fuel implications of the voyage. In many cases
this can work out to be considerably more accurate than the other available options and provides a level of
self-determination that is missing from other solutions”
Anti- Piracy Routeing from AtoBviaC within the BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables is based upon information on
piracy activity obtained on a regular basis from the Joint War Committee
bulletins, and from specific routeings requested by ship operators. All routes calculated are navigable, taking
account of the need to keep suitable distances off shoals, wrecks, coasts and
obstructions and also avoid oil field development areas. The routes are reviewed weekly and updates are issued at 2
monthly intervals or more frequently if significant changes need to be made.
The BP Shipping Marine Distance Tables are widely used within the marine industry and contains all ports, offshore
terminals and transhipment areas needed by its many users, particularly:
Worldscale; oil tankers; gas carriers (LNG & LPG); the container trade and the bulk shipping of coal and
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