GUIDANCE ON TRANSITS THROUGH THE BAB EL MANDEB AND ASSOCIATED WATERS / UKMTO NOTICE 001/AUG/2017

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Advisories / Alerts, Maritime Security Updates

The following information from the UK government relates to transits through the Bab El Mandeb (BeM) and associated waters.  It replaces previous guidance UKMTO Notice 001 July 2017 (which refers to CMF advice dated 16 July 2017) and UKMTO Notice 002 July 2017.   Recent attacks against merchant shipping in the Gulf of Aden and Bab El Mandeb have highlighted …

30 JULY 2017 – Piracy Attack / Kidnap – Off Bonny Fairway Buoy, Nigeria

Konstantinos Christoulakis Maritime Security Advisories / Alerts

On 30th July 2017 during nighttime, time not determined, the cargo OYA 1 has been attacked by unknown sea pirates when sailing around Bonny Fairway Buoy. It was reported that 5 crew member has been abducted (some Expatriates) during the attack. On the 13th of July, the UAL Houston was attacked in the same area. It must be noticed that …

15 June 17- One wounded in missile attack on UAE ship Al Mocha, Yemen

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One crew member was wounded when Yemen’s Houthis fired a missile at a United Arab Emirates ship carrying medical supplies in the Red Sea, the UAE news agency WAM reported on Thursday. WAM quoted a statement from the UAE armed forces as saying that the ship came under attack opposite the Yemeni port of al-Mokha. The statement warned that the …

Marshal Islands-Flagged Oil Tanker Attacked by Pirates in Bab-el-Mandeb Strait

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Armed pirates attacked a Marshall Islands-flagged oil tanker in the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait connecting the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, the latest in a spate of attacks off the Horn of Africa. The European Union Naval Force ATALANTA (EU NAVFOR) confirmed that an oil tanker was approached and fired upon by three men in a skiff in the …

On 27 May a Mongolian Fishing Vessel Carrying S. Koreans Appears Hijacked in Somali Waters

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On 27 May a Mongolian fishing vessel carrying South Korean and foreign crew was apparently hijacked in waters off the Somali coast.  A South Korean military official said Saturday that South Korea’s antipiracy naval contingent, the Cheonghae Unit, was ordered to the site after the Seohyeon 389 went out of contact. The 234-ton Mongolian-flagged fishing vessel was traveling from Indonesia to …

25 May 15 – possible active PAG – NE somalia coast

SEA GUARDIAN Maritime Security Advisories / Alerts

MSCHOA has received information that a Dhow is intending to conduct piracy Mothership operations in an area radiating 100-150nm from position 1157N 05035E.  The Iranian style fishing dhow has a brown wooden superstructure, with a white and blue wheelhouse.  Vessels are to keep clear of this position, exercise extreme caution and report any suspect or actual piracy activity to UKMTO. …

Somali pirates hijack Iranian fishing vessel: Somali official

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Somali pirates hijacked an Iranian fishing vessel on Tuesday to use as a base to attack bigger, more valuable ships, the mayor of a Somali town said, part of an upsurge in attacks following years of relative calm. Crews have let security procedures slip in recent years and travel far closer to pirate-infested shores than authorities recommend, shipping sources say. …

17 May 17 – Piracy attack, 6 seamen abduction – 32NM southwest off Bonny island in Nigeria

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Six seamen were kidnapped after general cargo ship was attacked by pirates in Gulf of Guinea on 32 nautical miles southwest off Bonny island in Nigeria, reported International Maritime Bureau (IMB). The vessel was underway, when was approached by fast boat with armed men on board, who succeeded to board her and to take control. The pirates robbed the cabins …