Date: 12/02/2017 Time: 0400LT
Lat: 02°38 .7 North Long: 050°56.0 East
Event: Suspicious Vessel
250nm off Somali coast, Indian Ocean
A report had been issued by the Master of a container vessel stating that he was approached by a fishing vessel on the port bow. The approaching vessel had two skiffs onboard which were not launched and managed to approach as close as O.7nm. The container vessel switched on all lights, altered course and speed and the embarked armed guards showed their weapons. The fishing vessel then altered course and aborted the approach. The container vessel and crew are reported to be 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.