Maritime Security Alert: Gulf of Aden 29-July-17

July 31, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 29-Jul-2017             Time: 1700UTC

Lat: 14°16.00   North        Long: 051°08.00   East


Event: Suspicious Approach


Gulf of Aden

It has been reported that a vessel was approached by one skiff whilst underway approximately 53nm South of Sayhut, Yemen. The skiff travelling at a speed of 25 knots, approached the vessel three times on the starboard side and came to within two hundred meters. The armed security team on-board fired warning shots which resulted in the skiff aborting its approach. Both the vessel and crew are reported 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: UKMTO/Clearwater



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