TIN news: The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) has published a Circular setting out the position, which indicates that there is an increased risk of commercial vessels being attacked due to this significant security concern. Importantly, the Circular expressly states as follows:
"ICS has learned that ‘vessels transiting through the Mediterranean are advised to remain clear of Libyan waters. Vessels intending to call at Misrata are advised to contact port and flag State authorities and local shipping agents for further instructions'.
The Secretariat has been advised that some flag Administrations have issued notices to the effect that shipowners should carefully consider whether to continue with scheduled calls at Libyan ports given the change in the security situation. Notices pertaining to the situation are uploaded to the NATO Shipping Centre Website to which reference should be made on a regular basis.
ICS strongly recommends that shipowners should contact the P&I Club and War Risk Underwriters for further advice on each specific voyage."