Date: 12/02/2017 Time: 0530UTC
Lat: 15°06.57 North Long: 052°28.85 East
Event: Suspicious Approach
Gulf of Aden, Yemen
An advisory has been issued by the UKMTO that an unknown cargo vessel was approached by a skiff with six armed pirates onboard, approximately 35nm Southeast of Kaysayb, Yemen. The skiff approached the vessel from the Port side and crossed its Bow to the Starboard side. The Captain reported that the pirates were armed with an RPG and heavy weapons. The alarm was raised, the vessel's speed was increased and the fire hoses were activated. The armed security team onboard then displayed their weapons to the pirates resulting in the skiff altering its course and aborting the approach. The vessel has been reported as being 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.