21 April 2018

DOF Geholm transit Gulf of Aden

  • Security Risk Assessment for Gulf of Aden/Arabian Sea transit
  • On-board implementation of Best Management Practices
  • Project management for bridge advisory services (during transit) including quality assurance for contracted security provider


Project description

DOF awarded Risk Intelligence a contract for carrying out a risk assessment for the transit of their offshore construction vessel Geoholm from east to west.

Based on the outcome of the risk assessment, DOF asked Risk Intelligence to assist in implementing the recommended self-protection measures and for project managing bridge advisory services during the transit.

A 4-man team embarked in Colombo, including one Risk Intelligence advisor and three 3rd-party advisors. The Risk Intelligence office in Hamburg provided the project management and quality assurance for the entire project.

The embarked, unarmed security advisors carried out the following on-board tasks:

  • Voyage planning based on weather and piracy patterns.
  • Registration with MSCHOA and maintained daily reporting to UKMTO.
  • Briefing of the bridge team and the crew on vessel types in the Horn of Africa region, piracy patterns and proposed self-defence measures.
  • Supervised and assisted with the implementation of physical hardening measures.
  • Planned, in collaboration with the master and SSO, anti-piracy procedures and rehearsed them prior to transit, including: enhanced bridge watch and bridge response (actions-on and communications) including casualty evacuation; anti-piracy safe muster procedure; evasive manoeuvring; ship darkening.
  • Maintained a surface threat picture by evaluating attack and sighting reports and by monitoring VHF traffic, especially in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

The Geoholm completed her transit successfully without incident. The particular challenge of this transit was the vessel’s low sustainable top speed of ca. 11 knots and the low freeboard of ca. 1.5m.