Maritime Bureau

Anti-piracy operation off the coast of Somalia and in the Gulf of Aden

(1) Anti-piracy operation
       The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) started the escort operation on March 13, 2009, under an order from the Minister of Defense, in accordance with the “maritime security operation” stipulatedin Article 82 of the Self-Defense Forces Law (Act No. 165 of 1954).
       New legislation called “The Law on Punishment of and Measures against Acts of Piracy” (Act No. 55 of 2009) was approved in the Japanese Diet on June 19, 2009, and enables the Government to protect vessels from acts of piracy regardless of their nationality.
       Accordingly, the Japan Self Defense Force intends to promptly begin the “anti-piracy operation” in accordance with the new legislation, in order to fight piracy more appropriately.

(2) Pre-registration and Escort application to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT)

      Prior to applying for escort, the related person(s) or organization (ship operator, ship owner, ship manager, beneficiary ship owner, shipper, or any other) must pre-register with the MLIT basic information of the vessel needing to be escorted.

      *IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who have previously completed pre-registration before the new legislation was enacted are ALSO required to pre-register to be escorted in accordance with the new legislation.
      *An ID and Password are needed to check the MSDF escort schedule and other related information, and will be provided by the Ministry of Defense after vessels are pre-registered with the MLIT.

(3) Pre-registration and Escort application procedure

       Download the pre-registration form below, fill it in and send it by email to the MLIT Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination Pre-registration can be made at any time.
       Please check the “Summary of escort operation,” thoroughly before applyng for the escort.

Summary of escort operation(PDF)

       In addition, an ID and Password will be provided for access to the Ministry of Defense website that is dedicated to the escort operation, so you are also requested to check the escort operation schedule.
       After checking the “Summary of escort operation” and the escort operation schedule, download the application form below and send it by e-mail to the MLIT Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination
       Whenever any circumstances relevant to the pre-registration contents change, you are requested to submit a revised pre-registration. If you fail to do so, the vessel may not be entitled to be escorted.
       Vessels should watch for the threat of piracy attacks in accordance with the “Best Management Practices” recommended by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), whether they are being escorted or not.

Pre-registration form(Excel) 
Escort application form(Excel)


(4) Contact Information

For information or any inquiries, please contact Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination Office at the following address by e-mail.

Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination Office
Maritime Bureau
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, JAPAN

Realated Link
•The Cabinet Secretariat of Japan “Japan's Action against Piracy”