Security Advisory: Gulf of Aden 11-May-17

May 11, 2017
Michael Cleary

Date: 11-May-2017          Time: 0605UTC

Lat: 13°21.42   North       Long: 049°23.48   East


Event: Suspicious Approach


Gulf of Aden

A Master of a Cargo vessel reported to UKMTO via Email that he was approached at speed by 3 skiffs to approximately 600m. The embarked security team fired a warning flare and the skiffs ceased their approach, altered course and returned to a Dhow in position 13°16.7N 049°15.2E. No weapons or ladders were sighted but the report states that each skiff had 5/6 persons onboard. Reporting vessel is confirmed 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.



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