Indian Ocean Security Alert 004 - Vessel Fired Upon in IRTC

March 31, 2018
Michael Cleary

Date: 31-Mar-18                               Time: 0535 UTC 

Lat: 13° 57.00   North                       Long: 051° 43.00  East


Event: Pirate Attack


Gulf of Aden

It has been reported that a vessel was attacked 80nm west of point Bravo, IRTC. The vessel was underway in the east bound lane when two skiffs approached and then opened fire. The vessel's onboard Armed Security Team returned fire resulting in both skiffs aborting the attack. The vessel has continued on her voyage and all crew are reported as safe.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the vessel involved in this incident was a tanker. Two armed pirates were onboard each skiff and opened fire on the tanker when they came to within 100m, resulting in the tanker sustaining minor damage. It was also reported that ladders were sighted in the skiffs.

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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