Suspicious Approach / Gulf of Aden 01-070421






INCIDENT OVER

Event: Suspicious Approach

 

Date and Time: 7 April 2021, 2120hrs local

Location: 144nm SE of Nishtun, Yemen

Position: 14°28.18’N, 054°16.00’E

Distance from Shore: 136nm from Yemen coast

 

Vessel Details

Type: Tanker

L x B: 158.8m x 26.6m

Speed: 10.5kts

 

Event Details

Kidnapped: 0

Injured: 0

Killed: 0

Damage to vessel: None

Damage to cargo: None

Security Present: Embarked Security Team

Weather: Light Breeze / 0mm precipitation

Wave Height: 0.7m

 

Threat Details

Number of Perpetrators: Not reported

Number of Craft: 3 craft – 2 small fast craft, 1 larger slower craft

Weapons Seen: Not reported

Equipment Seen: Not reported

 

Description: A vessel sailing westwards towards IRTC noticed 3 vessels moving very fast. 2 skiffs were seen on both port and starboard side with single red lights whilst another larger
vessel was on starboard side. The skiff on starboard side moved closer to the larger vessel whilst the portside skiff approached the vessel up to 1.6nm. Master informed UKMTO. Attempts to contact the larger vessel via VHF were unsuccessful, however Master
did inform another nearby merchant vessel of the suspicious activity. After 30 minutes, vessel had left the skiffs behind.

 

ARC will update if any further information is received.

 

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