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.