BIMCO: Security Breach in Anti-Piracy Program

No, it’s not copyright piracy we’re talking about here.

MarEx reports:

On Monday, BIMCO [Baltic and International Maritime Council] and The Standard Club issued a warning regarding an alleged security breach in the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Center (sic), Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG), potentially resulting in the release of ships’ data to pirates.

The breach has not been officially confirmed, the Standard Club said, but BIMCO has recommended that vessels entering the area should “limit the provision of any information which would allow vessels to be identified or tracked.” Ships should still sign up for the center’s alerts, BIMCO said, but leaving out position information when entering the area “will allow continuity of shipping security in the region.

BIMCO recommended continued use of standard vessel hardening and risk assessment measures to reduce the chance of a successful hijacking.

Read more on The Maritime Executive. MTISC-GOG did not immediately reply to an inquiry from asking if they could confirm or deny any data breach.

Update Mar. 4: See statement from MTISC-GoG here.

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