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Gulf of Aden: Attempted Piracy - February 2018

By UKMTO — last modified Feb 27, 2018 01:45 PM

Published: 2018-02-19 00:00:00
Topics: Piracy & Security , Red Sea
Countries: Djibouti , Somalia , Yemen

18.02.2018: 0530 UTC: Posn: 13:59.12N – 051:40.06E, in vicinity of Point B IRTC, Gulf of Aden.
A yacht (ARAKI) reported a suspicious approach by a number of skiffs.  By 0730 UTC the skiffs were no longer within visual range.  
Vessel is safe.   (UKMTO Warning Notice 001/FEB/2018,  OCEANUSLive)

Further details on the above incident

A Singapore-flagged container vessel (THALASSA NIKI) reported a suspicious boat towing three skiffs at 0530 UTC in the vicinity of Point B IRTC, Gulf of Aden.  The vessel received a MAYDAY call on VHF Channel 16 that the yacht (15NM ahead) was being pursued by two skiffs.  Vessel informed UKMTO.  Two skiffs approached the yacht to within 1NM whilst three skiffs remained stationary at 2,5NM.  Fifteen perpetrators in the 5 skiffs were sighted. After assistance from both the Japanese and the Pakistan forces in the area, who deployed a helicopter resulting in the skiffs abandoning their approach, the yacht is safe and continued their voyage.  It is recommended that yachts follow the guidelines within BMP4.  (UKMTO, ReCAAP)

See noonsite's Piracy page for contact details for a GOA/Red Sea Passage and links to the BMP4.

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