Date: 09/04/2017 Time: 0315UTC
Lat: 14°20.00 North Long: 053°11.00 East
Event: Suspicious Approach
Gulf of Aden
It has been reported that a cargo ship was approached whilst underway 10nm east of Point Bravo. One vessel approached to within 1nm of the cargo ship's bow whilst an additional four skiffs were seen on the starboard beam, at a distance of 0.5 nm. Four armed persons were sighted on each skiff. The cargo ship's armed security team showed their presence resulting in the approach being aborted. The vessel is 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.