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Amendments to IBF and ITF Lists of Warlike and High Risk Areas

15.12.2015
Please be advised that following consultation with the Seafarers Section, an agreement was reached with the Joint Negotiating Group of employers (JNG) to amend the current IBF List of Warlike and High Risk Areas.

The following changes were agreed:

  • New coordinates of the Extended Risk Zone in West Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman, bringing the boundaries of the zone in line with the latest definitions of BMP 4.
  • Designation of an Extended Risk Zone in southern Red Sea, to recognise potential threats associated with the continuing military operation in Yemen by a coalition of countries
  • Recognition of enhanced protection within identified parts of the current High Risk Area in the Gulf of Guinea, with a new status of an Extended Risk Zone.

For details please refer to Annex 1 for the new List of areas with Charts and its Attachment featuring respectively the summary of all applicable designations (page 1), the exact coordinates (pages 2-4) and the applicable terms and conditions (pages 5-10).

The new provisions are in effect from 16 December 2015.

Please be reminded that Article 17.1 of the IBF Framework CBA requires that ‘an updated list of IBF Warlike Operations areas shall be kept on board the vessel and shall be accessible to the crew’. For this purpose, please utilise the attached document below to amend respective annexes in your IBF CBAs:

15En279s91d79ss37IbfWarLikeOperationsArea.pdf

Your partner companies are to be informed along similar lines through separate circulars from their respective JNG representatives.

In regards to non-IBF agreements, please be advised that the same designations and same terms and conditions should also apply to ITF TCC and Standard agreements from the same date.

 

Yours in solidarity


Jacqueline Smith

Maritime Coordinator
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