Boarding Attempt in Southern Red Sea 25-Jul-2017

July 26, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 24-Jul-17                                  Time: 12:30UTC

Lat: 14°53.0059   North                   Long: 042°27.00   East

 

Event: Pirate Attack

 

Southern Red Sea

 

It has been reported that a vessel was approached by nine skiffs whilst underway. The nine skiffs have been described as having white hulls with ten persons onboard each skiff. They approached to within 0.2nm, ladders were also sighted. Upon approaching the vessel, the armed security team showed their presence. This resulted in four of the skiffs aborting their approach, the remaining five skiffs are still following the vessel. Confirmation was later received from UKMTO that the five skiffs had stopped following the vessel and have reported the vessel and crew to be 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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