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MSCI Advisory

2019-015-Global-Overview of the U.S. Maritime Advisory System


This revised advisory cancels U.S. Maritime Advisory 2019-009

1. Reference: (a) U.S. Maritime Advisory 2017-001 

2. Issue: This Advisory provides updates to maritime security resources, websites, and information. 

3. Guidance: The U.S. Maritime Advisory System website (, which contains all current and expired U.S. Maritime Alerts and Advisories is maintained by the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Upon U.S. Government (USG) clearance of Alerts and Advisories, they are broadcast by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and distributed via email. It is important to note that these are USG collaborative documents and are not MARAD and NGA authored documents. 

4. Feedback provided by U.S. commercial maritime stakeholders regarding the U.S. Maritime Advisory System has greatly supported the USG in pursuing continued enhancements to the System. Future enhancements currently under development include a more robust Advisory subscription tool, training modules, and improved means for industry to communicate threats, concerns, and needs. 

5. The primary maritime security reporting and information center for the Gulf of Guinea, Maritime Domain Awareness Trade – Gulf of Guinea (MDAT-GoG), has recently established their web site at which contains all MDAT-GoG reports and other resources. 

6. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions based on U.S. foreign policy and national security goals against targeted foreign countries and regimes, terrorists, international narcotics traffickers, those engaged in activities related to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and other threats to the national security, foreign policy or economy of the United States. In some cases, these sanctions may impact maritime trade. Numerous updates to the website have occurred since the last publication of this advisory. OFAC sanctions information and notices can be found at: Any questions relating to OFAC sanctions may be emailed to:

7. U.S. Centers for Disease Control Travel Notices may impact commercial shipping interests, especially during overseas crew changes, and can be found at: Numerous updates to the website have occurred since the last publication of this advisory including info on an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and several outbreaks of Polio throughout the world. U.S. Maritime Alerts and/or Advisories may occasionally be published to highlight health threats depending on their scope, urgency, and impact, but mariners are advised to become familiar with this web resource and refer to it prior to traveling. 

8. U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories discuss safety and security information that should be reviewed by U.S. mariners prior to disembarkation in foreign ports. These travel advisories are available at:

9. The Maritime Global Security website at offers industry issued best practices and guidance to mariners by geographic region and provides contact and subscription information for regional maritime security reporting centers, particularly in high risk-areas.

10. Cancellation of Prior Advisories and Special Warnings: This message cancels legacy MARAD Advisories 2013-002 (East China Sea), 2015-001 (Guidance to vessels operating near the Strait of Hormuz), 2016-003 (Zika Virus Impacts on Maritime Commerce) and legacy Department of State Special Warnings 114 (Iran), 120 (Worldwide), 128 (Papua New Guinea), 129 (Pakistan), and 130 (Lebanon). 

11. Those who desire to subscribe to U.S. Maritime Alerts and Advisories may do so at, which also provides additional information on the U.S. Maritime Advisory System. 

12. Contact Information: Questions regarding the U.S. Maritime Advisory System may be emailed to the Global Maritime Operational Threat Response Coordination Center at Additional contact information is available on the U.S. Maritime Advisory System website listed above. 

13. This message will automatically expire on June 25, 2020.