Latest News ! POSSIBLE PIRATES – 04/02/2015

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Latest News ! POSSIBLE PIRATES – 04/02/2015

Date: 04/02/2015

Time: 05: 00 UTC

Lat: 13°30.0 North

Long: 049°54.00 East

Aggressor: POSSIBLE PIRATES

Description of event: GENERAL ALERT

IRTC, Gulf of Aden

The Master of a Merchant vessel has reported sighting suspicious vessels to UKMTO. Descriptions given in the report are that of 1 boat with a white hull, brown coloured bridge and 10 POB this was sighted at a distance of 3nm at speeds of 7kts towing 4 white skiffs, the suspicious boat then moved towards the vessel to approximately 1nm and stopped. A Further boat was observed on their port bow at speeds of 7kts towing 1 blue skiff and accompanied by 1 white skiff with 2 POB and 1 large outboard engine. The white skiff crossed the vessel’s bow at a speed of 25kts and closed to 1nm on the vessel’s starboard side. The on board armed security team displayed weapons and skiff withdrew back towards the mother boat. Suspicious boats stayed closed to vessel for a further 20-30 minutes. No weapons or ladders were sighted. Vessel has been reported as safe.

Source: Master of Vessel

All vessels within the vicinity of this alert are advised to operate with a heightened level of security and invited to report any suspicious activity to watchkeeper@clearwatertracking.com and ukmto@eim.ae.

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.