Project Coordinators
MARLO: Maritime Liaison Office (
NSC: Nato Shipping Centre (
MSCHOA: Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa
Project Stakeholders: In this project the primary stakeholders are the regional coastal States, namely Yemen, Djibouti, Oman, UAE, Pakistan, India, Somalia, Seychelles, Kenya and Tanzania. It is from these States that the regional maritime activities are conducted. Secondary stakeholders include the international maritime industry and mariners transiting through the area. Increasing their understanding is an important part of their self protection and the first line of defence against piracy attacks. The last major stakeholders are the Naval Forces in the area and their counter piracy operations. Increased awareness and sharing of information helps protect and counter piracy related activities. Our mission is to prevent Dhows which operate in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Gulf and the Indian Ocean from being pirated and used for other pirating activities. It is also aimed at building our knowledge and understanding of traditional Dhow vessel operations so we can better support Regional States and their Maritime Authorities in protecting legitimate transnational Dhow trade.
Goals: To help define the overall purpose of the project, we have created a set of goals.
Goal 1: “Increase stakeholder knowledge and understanding of local maritime activities.” With increased understanding of local activities at sea, the mariners are better prepared for transits through the area. Local vessel guides and charts enable them to identify unusual movement or other suspicious behaviour and enable self protection measures at an early stage.
Goal 2: “Increase awareness in regional maritime community about the risks of piracy and provide advice on how they can protect themselves.” Through advice and communication with the regional maritime community, we can inform local mariners of the benefits of enabling self protection measures against piracy. Making local vessels harder to hijack limits the range and effectiveness of piracy operations.
Goal 3: “Facilitating the creation of a platform for a regional coastal traffic regulatory entity.” The establishment of a regional coastal traffic entity would support the primary stakeholders to efficiently put in place the necessary controls and jurisdiction in their EEZ and Territorial Waters. Through cooperation and the use of common tools, this would help deter piracy/criminal activity and contribute to secure passage for international shipping.
Products: To support our goals the DHOW-project have developed five main products –Dhow Emergency Cards, Dhow Database, Fishing Templates, Skiff Recognition Chart, Dhow and Skiff Recognition guide.
Dhow Emergency Cards   The Emergency card is a simple two page document created for masters of Dhows and other seafarers. It contains relevant information and is available in Arabic, Farsi, Hindi and English.
Dhow Database   A ships register for Dhows (sample above) with all relevant vessel information. Created to record and support information and enagements with Dhows at Sea, it is intended to support information sharing across Counter Piracy Naval operations is used to identify Dhows and establish their regular trading patterns in the area.