“We continue to call for governments to provide military support in the area and ensure the release of the Galaxy Leader crew,” he added.

IBF will continue to monitor the situation and be ready to convene the WOAC quickly if the situation escalates.

The following coordinates define the new High Risk Area but exclude 12 nautical miles off the coastline of Yemen, which is already designated as a Warlike Operations Area (WOA):

In the Southern part of the Red Sea:

– Commencing from the Saudi Arabia Border at 16°24.12 N and running West until Eritrea

– From the Southern side ending at the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in the Bab El Mandeb Strait running parallel to the Eritrea, Djibouti border.

In the Southern part of the Yemini Coast:

– From the central Yemeni Coast, a cross-section commencing from Aden, a port in Yemen at 45°01.40 E and running South until the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor (IRTC) at 12°05.00 N

– From this position, running west along the Recommended Security Corridor (RSC) until the WOA intercepts.