Gulf of Oman: Suspicious Approach 11-Jul-17

July 12, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 11-Jul-2017             Time: 1120UTC

Lat: 25°31.00   North       Long: 057°25.00   East


Event: Suspicious Approach


Gulf of Oman

It has been reported that a Panamanian flagged container ship has been approached approximately 20nm Southwest of Jask, Iran. One yellow metal hulled skiff with two armed persons on-board, approached the vessel's midship to within 0.1nm. The armed security team on-board the vessel fired warning shots which resulted in the skiff aborting its approach. The vessel and crew are 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: UKMTO/Clearwater



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