Indian Ocean: Update on Bulk Carrier Hijacked on 08/04/2017

April 10, 2017
Clearwater

Gulf of Aden OPS has received a report that a bulk carrier has been attacked and boarded close to Point 'B' of the Eastern IRTC. The UKMTO received a report from the vessel under attack and have received confirmation from a nearby vessel that pirates have been sighted onboard with one skiff reported to be alongside the bulk carrier.

UPDATE: It has been reported by the UKMTO that when the vessel was attacked, the Master and crew located themselves to the citadel and stopped engines, leaving the vessel drifting. The vessel was rescued by naval boarding parties and all crew safe. The vessel is now sailing to a safe port under escort. 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.

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