The Worldwide Yachting Association (MYBA) has commissioned a report from maritime security intelligence specialist Dryad Maritime assessing the potential threat from ISIS to yachts at sea in the Mediterranean.
MYBA President Fiona Maureso said the association decided to commission the special report to give its members and their clients objective and factual information to make informed decisions about their safety and security.
Dryad Maritime published the report, which can be read here, on March 21, 2015. Following its release, Dryad CEO Ian Millen commented:
“There is an unhelpful and inaccurate picture of concern building in the Mediterranean with regard to threats to shipping. Whilst there is no doubt that certain port and inshore areas should be avoided, for example in Libya and Syria, the narrative that the Med is about to fall prey to a wave of terrorists and pirates engaged in maritime attacks is not one that is underpinned by hard evidence. Mariners of all types should continue to take sensible precautions, based on good situational awareness, regardless of where they are operating, including the Med.
The problem with media speculation, which we saw back in February, is that it understandably generates discussion and concern amongst the yachting community; the viral effects of social media spread these concerns widely and at some speed. The situation is further exacerbated by those who have a commercial interest in a deteriorating security situation or the fear that springs from it and also by journalism that seeks to make two and two add up to five.”
Additionally, Dryad believes the situation has not changed in any material way since the report’s release. The company will continue to monitor the situation and report on possible emerging concerns.
MYBA has also approached other authorities to assess the thread of international terrorism in port and at sea. The Marshall Island noted that as of March 21, the security level for all areas of the western Mediterranean, with the exception of ports in Libya, which yachts should not visit, is at Level 1, the lowest designation. Additional precautions are recommended for yachts entering ports in Egypt and Morocco although no formal rise in security level has been noted at this time. MYBA also contacted the Defense, Security and Economic Intelligence Department of the French government who noted that all French Mediterranean ports are currently at Level 1. http://www.slideshare.net/FabienRoch/dryad-maritime-superyacht-special-advisory-47285261
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