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December 3, 2010

Coast Guard issues new piracy directive

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a directive for U.S,.-flag ships operating in waters where the risk of pirate attack is high.

Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directive 104-6 (Rev. 4), Guidelines for U.S. Vessels Operating in High Risk Waters is considered Security Sensitive Information (SSI) and is not being publicly released.

However, much of the content of the new MARSEC is contained in Port Security Advisory (2-09)(Rev 2). That document says that while the MARSEC only applies to certain U.S.-flag vessels, the Coast Guard recommends that other vessels increase their security level while transiting or operating in areas where acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea are prevalent.

It then details the security measures directed in the MARSEC and says they may be considered by foreign flag vessels.

The guidance is detailed and specific and you can download the document HERE.

If you think you're eligible to receive the full version containing the SSI, contact the Coast Guard.


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