Indian Ocean: Suspected Pirates Approached a Cargo Vessel Underway on 09/03/2017

March 9, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 09/03/2017             Time: 0845UTC

Lat: 13°52.00 North         Long: 050°20.00 East


Event: Suspicious Approach


Gulf of Aden

It has been reported to the UKMTO by a CSO via a telephone call at 0850 UTC, that a cargo vessel was approached by four skiffs to within one cable. The skiffs were first observed being launched from two nearby mother vessels. The on board armed security team displayed their weapons which resulted in the skiffs aborting their approach. 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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