Those of us who are interested in the subject will already have seen this thread
on the forum, but I thought it may be interesting to start a new one, specifically to keep us all abreast of what is happening in the vulnerable sea area off the coast of Somalia
Jamie and I are planning our passage
this winter. One of the most useful tips we have received so far is to join the MSC(HOA) website
. Here's what they're all about
The Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa), run by the EU Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) is a Coordination Centre tasked to safeguard merchant shipping operating in the region by preventing and deterring acts of piracy in the Gulf of Aden, off the Horn of Africa and in the Somali Basin. This site provides information and guidance for the shipping community.
Once you sign up (which involves completing the onsite form, answering specific questions emailed directly from the EUNAVFOR about your planned journey, agreeing to honour the confidentiality of the site, and receiving a password) you can then navigate the whole website. They will advise small yachts not to transit the area at this current
time, mainly because we are restricted in the speed at which we can travel, but I guess they have to say that...
I can't say much more because of the confidentiality agreement, but if you are heading that way I urge you to get signed up. It's full of useful advice and information. Despite their warning I found it a very re-assuring picture of what is happening down there.
If anyone has any other useful information/websites/experience to share, please post it here!