CDR  Joe Herrador, USCG

 Officer-in-Charge, MARLO





MSCHOA          NATO

IMB          UKMTO


US Maritime Administration


USCG Port State Control








USS Mitscher Assists Dhow and Crew







  • Onboard investigations of pirated commercial ships following their release, interviews of crewmembers, and interviews of incarcerated pirates, revealed a sometimes harrowing account of life aboard a pirated ship.  Nonetheless, these findings and lessons learned have now been distilled-and for the benefit of ship owners, vessel operators and company security officers-are available by e-mailing MARLO at MARLO.BAHRAIN@ME.NAVY.MIL or calling +973-1783-3925. 
  • 2012 Seminar Announced, 30 January 2012

  • Best Management Practices (BMP) Version 4 has been published and is available here.

  • Interim guidance on use of privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships agreed by IMO Maritime Safety meeting.  Read story here.

  • On 19 November 2010, the US Maritime Administration released a Maritime Advisory for US Vessels Transiting in the Strait of Hormuz, Southern Arabian Gulf, and Western Gulf of Oman. Download here.



  • For ships transiting high-risk piracy areas:

    • Register with UKMTO at
    • Within the Gulf of Aden IRTC, register at MSCHOA at
    • Contact MARLO to receive the Gulf of Aden Group Transits (GOA GT) times.
      • All ships are strongly urged to use the IRTC and follow the GOA GT if their speed is below 18 knots but greater than 10 knots.
      • Vessels faster than 18 knots should transit between 47šE and 49 šE during the hours of darkness.
      • Vessels less than 10 knots should contact MSCHOA for routing guidance.
    • All vessels should establish contact with UKMTO, MSCHOA and MARLO for additional guidance.



USS Momsen assisting M/V Lehmann Timber

The Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) facilitates the exchange of information between the United States Navy, Combined Maritime Forces, and the commercial maritime community in the Middle East. Our liaison officers travel regularly throughout the Gulf and East Africa to foster communication, stay apprised of changes in local port infrastructure and management, and proactively your concerns and questions.

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