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Piracy incidents June/July

28.06.2017 // Gulf of Aden: A Merchant Vessel sighted five skiffs with four to five POB in each skiff, 12°27.996' N, 043°43.998' E. The Skiffs closest point of approach was 0.5 NM then dropped back. Vessel and crew are safe.

30.06.2017 // Gulf of Aden: A Cargo Vessel was approached by four skiffs in position 12°48.000' N, 043°12.000' E (Bab-el-Mandeb) in the early hours. Seven POB sighted on each skiff waving jerry cans. The Skiffs closest point of approach was 40 meters. Vessel and crew are safe.

05.07.2017 // Gulf of Aden: A Merchant Vessel was approached by seven skiffs in position 14°17.900 N 042°21.300 E. The skiffs came as close 320 meters. Five to six armed people were sighted on each skiff. Vessel and crew are safe.

11.07.2017 // Gulf of Oman: A merchant vessel was approached by one yellow metal hulled skiff. The attackers on board were armed. The skiff approached vessel midships to within one cable (185.2 meters) around 20 NM WSW of Bandar-e-Jask, Iran. When warning shots were fired the skiff withdrew.

13.07.2017 // Gulf of Guinea: Around 16 NM SW of Bonny, Nigeria six persons in a skiff boarded a general cargo ship underway. Alarm raised, SSAS activated and all crew retreated to the Citadel. When the Nigerian Navy boarded the vessel all pirates had left. The crew was found safe.

25.07.2017 // Gulf of Aden: A merchant vessel was approached by nine white hulled skiffs, and a total number of 90 attackers in position 14°53.000 N, 42°27.000 E (Bab-El- Mandeb Strait North Bound). The skiffs came as close as two cable and ladders were sighted. The attackers deterred when Armed Security Team showed presence. The Vessel was subsequently followed by five skiffs until they withdrew entirely.

29.07.2017 // Gulf of Aden: In vicinity of “point B” of the International Recommended Transit Corridor a merchant vessel was approached by one skiff, travelling approx. 25 kn, three times. The closest approach was one cable. When warning shots were fired the skiff turned away. Vessel and crew are safe.

30.07.2017 // Gulf of Guinea: During Night 30th July 2017 the general cargo vessel OYA 1, sailing under Panamanian flag, has been attacked by unknown sea pirates when sailing around Bonny Fairway Buoy. It was reported that five crew members have been abducted (some of them expatriates) during the attack. The Nigerian navy vessel towed the ship to a safe port for investigation.

31.07.2017 // Gulf of Guinea: Around 21 nm SSW off bonny, Rivers State Nigeria, pirates attacked a tanker and stole crew personal belongings. Three crew members were reported missing. The Nigerian navy escorted the vessel to Bonny.

Sources: IMB, MariTrace

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