To provide Ship Owners, Operators, Masters and Officers with information regarding the interaction between naval forces and merchant shipping. In particular, this publication serves as a handbook for the world-wide application of NCAGS principles and procedures that exist to enhance the safety of shipping in times of tension, crisis, or conflict.
This information paper brings together best practice both on board a vessel and for owners, operators, managers, Masters, crew, naval architects and shipyards, so everyone has the tools they need to make an informed decision about security measures for their fleet. The aim is to establish a minimum baseline or reference point. The paper does not include guidance on general navigation practices or on implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
The purpose of this publication is to help ships plan their voyage and to detect, avoid, deter, delay and report attacks. Experience has shown application of the recommendations in this publication makes a significant difference to the safety of seafarers.