Bab el Mandeb: Suspicious Approach 26-Sep-2017

September 27, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 26-Sept-17                              Time: 0700UTC

Lat: 12°08.00   North                        Long: 044°15.00   East    


Event: Suspicious Approach


Gulf of Aden     

It has been reported that a Bulk Carrier was approached whilst underway between the Bab el Mandeb and Point Alpha of the IRTC. Five skiffs each with four persons onboard came to within approximately 150m of the vessel. The onboard armed security team displayed their weapons which resulted in the skiffs aborting their approach. The vessel has been reported as safe.


Vessels within a 100 nautical mile radius should increase their anti-piracy deterrents in line with Best Management Practices 4. This should include increased twenty four hour anti-piracy watch keeping and radar monitoring. Vessel hardening should be checked and where appropriate bolstered.


Source: Clearwater



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