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.