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CreatedThursday, 29 December 2011
Last modifiedThursday, 23 May 2019
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Attacks reported in the Gulf of Aden
Warningto all ships transiting Gulf of Aden
To ensure stray bullets do not hit and injur / kill, crew are advised to remain inside the accommodation away from all bulkheads. Further crew are adivsed to keep fire fighting appliances in a state of readiness at all times in order to fight any fires which may break out dur to the firing.
In the past two days, pirates have been actively attacking vessels with intent to hijack. It appears that favourable weather conditions in the area and the high number of hijacked vessel that have been released recently may have prompted the pirates to actively seek for new targets.
All ships are strongly advised to maintain a strict 24 hours visual and radar watch while transiting the Gulf of Aden and off the east cost of Africa (Tanzania,Kenya and Somalia). Early assessment / detection will allow ships to take evasive measures to prevent boarding and request for assistance.
All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre.
- Intelligence sources revealed that there are a number of suspicious vessels in the Gulf of Aden believed to be pirate mother vessels looking to attack ships with the intent to hijack.
The description of the suspected trawlers - long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names "BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA". One of the trawlers is believed to be operating at approximately 60 NM NE of Bossasso, Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. Also intelligence indicates a blue-coloured tug operating in the same vicinity
The centre has received information that the suspected pirate mother ships are at the following positions:
BLUE-COLOURED TUG: 1159N 05056E at 25 0500 UTC Aug 08
Fishing trawler BURUM OCEAN: 1411N 04951E at 25 0930 UTC Aug 08
Suspected Pirate Mother Vessels:
ARENA or ATHENA
Source: Coalition Forces
- Commercial Crime Services
- IMB Piracy Reporting Centre
- Counterfeiting Intelligence Bureau
- International Maritime Bureau
- Financial Investigation Bureau