Horn of Africa It has been reported that a Comoros flagged tanker has been hijacked whilst underway from Djibouti to Mogadishu.
The Master contacted his Company Security Officer reporting that he had sighted two skiffs, this was the last communication with the vessel. The Company Security Officer then reported to the UKMTO that he had lost communication with his vessel. Further investigation has resulted in the confirmation that the tanker has been hijacked. The tanker with her eight crew members, are currently anchored off Puntland. OPS Global Risk Management will continue to investigate this incident and the reason behind the hijacking. Upon receipt of confirmed information, this alert will be updated.
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.