Maritime security transit corridor formed off the Horn of Africa

The Combined Maritime Forces (CMF), a multinational naval partnership founded in 2002, to keep tradelanes safe off the Horn of Africa, is establishing a Maritime Security Transit Corridor (MSTC).

“Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab Al Mandeb have highlighted the risks associated with transiting these waters,” the CMF said in a release.

The new MSTC will consist of: the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC); the BAM TSS and the TSS West of the Hanish Islands and a two-way route directly connecting the IRTC and the BAM TSS

The purpose of this corridor is to provide a recommended merchant traffic route around which naval forces can focus their presence and surveillance efforts.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.


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