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MTISC-GoG win at the Seatrade awards

We are delighted to announce that Phillip Pascoe, General Counsel at the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF), accepted the Seatrade Award for Countering Piracy 2016 on behalf of the Maritime Trade Information Sharing Centre – Gulf of Guinea (MTISC-GoG).



MTISC-GoG has demonstrated significant success in the short time that is has been operating. It has established that is can build trust with mariners and develop a working relationship with Navies and other agencies in the region to carefully share valuable information. It has the potential to deliver even greater success in the future.

OCIMF is hugely grateful for the support provided by the Navies of Ghana, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Togo, Sierra Leone and the Liberia Maritime Authority who have provided the Officer-in-Charge and watchkeeping team that are the back-bone of MTISC-GoG.

OCIMF is also extremely grateful for the watchkeepers and the Marchant Navy Liaison Officers (MNLOs) provided by Tullow Oil, Nigeria LNG, Shell, ConocoPhillips and Maersk.

OCIMF would particularly like to thank UK, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, IMO and INTERPOL for their significant support and financial assistance without who the MTISC-GoG project would never have been create.

Philip Pascoe, the OCIMF General Counsel, has lead the MTISC-GoG project since its inception in 2010 assisted by the MTISC-GoG Project officer, Fiona Rider. Philip Pascoe will collect the award on behalf of MTISC-GoG and OCIMF.

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MTISC Role

MTISC-GoG provides the regional principle point of contact for the mariner off the coast of West Africa. MTISC-GoG:-

  • Operates a “Voluntary Reporting Area”

  • Provides Maritime Security advice and guidance to the mariner operating in the Voluntary Reporting Area

  • Receives reports and information on suspicious incidents from merchant shipping and shares that information with its regional and national contacts
  • MTISC-GoG Website

    The MTISC-GoG website provides the mariner with details on how to use the Voluntary Reporting Area together with general maritime security guidelines for vessels operating in the region (Maritime Security Guidance –Gulf of Guinea “MSG-GoG”) issued by MTISC-GoG. The website also provides a summary of maritime security incidents within the voluntary reporting area.

    Further website updates will provide “patterns of life information” for the region which will help mariners better understand normal maritime activity within the voluntary reporting area to assist them in identifying suspicious activity. Additional, more specific guidance following post incident analysis will also be provided in further website updates.

    Voluntary Reporting Area (VRA)

    MTISC-GoG administers a voluntary reporting scheme for merchant vessels operating within within a defined VRA as shown on UKHO Chart Q6114 Download Chart Now.

    All vessels operating within the VRA are encouraged to register with MTISC-GoG. Registering with MTISC GoG establishes direct contact between the reporting vessel and the MTISC-GoG Centre in Ghana. Once direct contact with MTISC-GoG had been established the Centre is able to:

  • Warn the vessel reporting about maritime incidents which may affect that vessel.

  • Receive reports of maritime security incidents and suspicious activity from the reporting vessel.

  • Share information provided by the reporting vessel to the appropriate authorities within the region.

  • Advise the reporting vessel about suspect vessels in the VRA about which further information including position is sought.

  • Assist with other information enquiries from the reporting vessel.


  • Vessels are also encouraged to report positional information daily while operating in the VRA using a series of reporting forms as detailed in the “reporting” section of this website.

    Maritime Security Guidance - Gulf of Guinea (MSG-GoG)

    MSG-GoG provides advice and guidance to improve the safety of the mariner operating in the VRA. It seeks to enhance awareness of the maritime security situation in the VRA and offer basic guidance on how to mitigate the risks. The MSG-GoG document is located at the “MSG-GoG” section of the website.

    Recent Incidents

    07
    May

    Armed Attack - MTISC-GoG Alert # 074

    The MTISC-GOG has received a report, that 2 speedboats carrying armed pirates, chased and fired upon a tanker underway in pos: 03.42.0 N & 005.10.0 E at 15:00 UTC.

    The attack was aborted due to presence of 7 Navy Personnel that were onboard the vessel and the implementation of anti-piracy measures.

    The exchange of fire lasted for 20 minutes, and several bullets penetrated the cabins and  alleyway.

    A ladder was observed in the speedboats.

    The crew mustered in the citadel, and no crew were harmed.

    All vessels within the vicinity of this alert are advised to operate with a heightened level of security and encouraged to report any suspicious activity to info@mtiscgog.org

    05
    May

    Attack - MTISC-GoG Alert #073

    Place: 36 NM SW of Bayelsa coast, Nigeria

    The MTISC-GOG has received a report, that armed pirates in a speedboat chased and fired upon a tanker underway in pos: 03.54.0 N & 005.32.0 E at 02:26 UTC.

    The attack was aborted due to presence of Navy Personnel onboard and anti piracy measures.

    No crew were harmed.

    All vessels within the vicinity of this alert are advised to operate with a heightened level of security and encouraged to report any suspicious activity to info@mtiscgog.org

    04
    May

    Attack - MTISC-GoG Alert # 072

    Place: 60 NM SW of Brass, Nigeria

    The MTISC-GOG has received a report from a vessel, that a speedboat was approaching the vessel in pos: 03.54.1 N & 005.17.6 E at 00:20 LT.

    The armed guards onboard the vessel opened fire for preventing the pirates from boarding, and the pirates aborted the attack.

    The vessel is proceeding to her destination.

    No crew were harmed.

    All vessels within the vicinity of this alert are advised to operate with a heightened level of security and encouraged to report any suspicious activity to info@mtiscgog.org