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Gulf of Aden Convoy Schedule:
Korean Naval convoy schedule for June/July 2011:
Rendezvous point “A” (Eastbound): 12:07N – 044:11E. Rendezvous point “B” (Westbound): 14:54N – 054:41E. Please note that each starting point indicates the endpoint for the convoy from the opposite direction. Transit speed is 12 knots. Eastbound convoys transit at 0400 UTC 15 June, 24 June, 4 July, 10 July, 23 July 2011. Westbound convoys transit at 0400 UTC 21 June, 1 July, 7 July, 17 July 2011. All merchant vessels wishing to join the convoy group must submit their application forms directly to the ROK naval warship carrying out the mission. Minimum speed for the convoy is 12 knots, meaning all vessels wishing to join the convoy group must be able to maintain the speed of 12 knots throughout the period of transit.
Please note that a 2-hour delay in arrival at the rendezvous position will make the ROK Naval Escort Task Group convoy unavailable. At/from 24 hours prior to the convoy time, all vessels registered for the convoy must establish initial communication with ROK Naval Escort Task Group, and update its position, course, speed (PCS), and Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA) every 4 hours. For further information, please contact the ROK Naval Escort Task Group directly at (INMARSAT:870-773-110238), (FAX: 870-783110591) or EMAIL: [email protected] (MSCHOA)
Russian Naval convoy schedule for June/July 2011:
Rendezvous point “A” (Western point): 17:10N – 040:40E. Rendezvous point “B” (Eastern point): 15:15N 058:20E. Transit speed is 12 knots. Eastbound convoys start at point “A” and transit at 0600 UTC 17 June, 28 June, 10 July, 21 July 2011. Westbound convoys start at point “B” and transit at 0600 UTC 22 June, 3 July, 16 July 2011. Shipping companies and shipmasters that would like their vessels to join any Russian national convoy are kindly requested to submit their applications to the Russian Maritime Security Service via e-mail: [email protected] or (FAX: +7 (495) 607-01-95). (MSCHOA)
Weekly summary of worldwide maritime crime and piracy incidents, week of 9 June 2011. (Source: ONI)
Indian Ocean Piracy and Weather Forecast for 16 – 17 JUN 2011
A. GULF OF ADEN:
Slightly higher sea heights within the Gulf of Aden are expected through the next 72 hours. Fetch limitations will keep the seas in this region within 2 – 5 feet, with the highest heights in the eastern portion. Area winds during the past 48 hours have shown speed fluctuations due to daytime heating/nighttime cooling (diurnal effects). Expect SW winds 18 – 22 with higher gusts during the height of daytime heating (06Z – 18Z), decreasing to SW 8 – 12 during the height of nighttime cooling (18Z – 06Z). Daytime winds and moderate sea heights may prove to hinder piracy/small boat operations.
EXTENDED FORECAST: Expect diurnal winds from the southwest to continue through 22 June with moderate sea heights for forecast period. These conditions may hinder piracy/small boat operations.
B. INDIAN OCEAN:
Sustained SW winds of 25 – 30 knots with higher gusts will remain over the Somali Basin through the next 72 hours. Expect conditions to not be conducive for small boat operations from the central Somalia coast northeast to the Omani coast and extending through the North Arabian Sea and east to Pakistan and India, as sea heights range from 9 – 15 feet, with the highest heights from 13N to 18N and 60E to 70E. Expect this region to shift slightly in location (+/- 1 degree) over next 72 hours but continue to produce heights of 13 – 15 feet.
EXTENDED FORECAST: The SW monsoon will continue to affect these regions above for the forecast period, producing high winds and seas. Small boat/piracy operations in the impacted regions will be hindered through 22 June. Conditions will be more conducive for small boat/piracy operations for the forecast period as you move into the central Indian Ocean along the equator, waters around the Maldives, and coastal waters off Kenya and Tanzania.
C. SURFACE CURRENTS:
Currents off the Somalia coast are variable with speeds along the coast up to 5.5 knots from the 1S to 10N. Currents within the Gulf of Aden are variable with most areas having speeds of 1.5 knot or less. Coastal waters off eastern Yemen and the extreme eastern portions of the GOA have speeds up to 2.5 knots.
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