Indian Ocean: Supicious Approach 09/04/2017

April 10, 2017
Michael Cleary

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.


Source: Clearwater



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