UK warns of potential commercial ship attacks off coast of Yemen

Commercial ships passing through the Bab al-Mandab strait off the coast of Yemen could face potential attacks, the British government warned.

Vessels travelling along the strategic route should remain vigilant of remote-controlled booby-trapped boats or rocket launchers, the government said, after two commercial carriers were attacked near the Yemeni isle of Perim.

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Source: https://www.alaraby.co.uk/

Guidance On Transits Through The Bab El Mandeb and Associated Waters

UKMTO operating from Dubai, has issued an advisory following information from the UK government relating to ship transits through the Bab El Mandeb (BeM) and associated waters.  This UKMTO Notice 001 August /2017 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 the risks associated with transiting these waters. Daylight attacks by small boats were conducted against two tankers in the southern approaches to the BeM. The method of these attacks has seen two or more skiffs approaching at high speed. In each case, one or more have fired small arms and Rocket Propelled Grenades and carried explosives. In both attacks, the skiffs carrying explosives detonated at a distance from the target vessel, but the presumed intent was to detonate the explosives against the hull.   The assessment of the attacks against merchant vessels in the southern approaches to the BeM indicates that due to the low levels of sophistication, the exposure to the threat is greater in daylight hours. However, an attack during the hours of darkness cannot be excluded.

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Tanker reportedly sank in Gulf of Aden

STEPAN KOTCHERGA

June 26: Product tanker RAMA 2 reportedly issued distress signal and sank on June 26 in Gulf of Aden, in vicinity 13 50N 055 53E, some 130 nm northeast of easternmost Socotra tip.

Vessel said to develop a list prior to sinking, while en route to Al Hamriya, UAE from Mogadishu. SAR launched and coordinated by UK CG, with deployment of nearby merchant ships.

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Source: http://maritimebulletin.net/

Admiral urges shipowners to comply with piracy recommendations as Somali threat resurfaces

A Combined Maritime Force (CMF) visit to Dubai has given the regional counter-piracy coordinator an opportunity to discuss security issues with global maritime industry representatives.

Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda JMSDF, Commander of Combined Task Force 151 (CTF151), paid a visit to the Dubai-based UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and conducted discussions with the officer in charge, Lieutenant Commander Iain Beaton RN, and his team. The admiral also attended the bi-annual Maritime Information Exchange Vessel Operators Meeting (MIEVOM), an opportunity for merchant vessel owners to discuss ways to collaborate more closely with military naval officers from the international task forces working to maintain safe seas and pirate-free waters off Somalia.

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Oil tanker attacked in key shipping lane off Yemen

Unknown assailants attacked an oil tanker on Wednesday in a strategic Red Sea waterway near Yemen in the latest flare-up in an area through which much of the world’s oil passes.

The EU Naval Force said in a statement that the attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades before breaking off their assault on the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker MT MUSKIE in the southern Bab al-Mandab Strait. The tanker is 70,362 tons deadweight.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/

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DG Shipping warns Indian ships to stay away from Gulf of Aden

The advisory mentions that it is due to the recent piracy attack on an Indian vessel on the coast of Somalia region

ATEEQ SHAIKH

In the aftermath of the recent piracy attacks at the Gulf of Aden, the Directorate General of Shipping has issued an advisory to Indian vessel owners to refrain from sailing in the troubled zone.

The Korean Naval Ship, UK Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) and International Maritime Bureau (IMB) have shared information with the Indian authorities regarding hijacking of an Indian mechanised sailing vessel transiting Gulf of Aden, off Socotra Island.

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Somalia rescue shows China’s ability to protect peace: media

From K J M Varma

Beijing, Apr 11 (PTI) Chinas official media today said the successful anti-piracy operation by the PLA navy in the Gulf of Aden has proved the countrys ability to protect regional peace and lashed out at the western media for criticising Beijings outreach as “maritime hegemony”.

The rescue operation of Tuvalu-flagged ship, with 19 Filipino crew members on April 9, “demonstrates China’s growing strength and role in fighting against piracy and an image as a responsible major country in safeguarding regional peace and stability,” an op-ed article in the state-run Global Times said.

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Vigilance called for amid resurgence of Somali pirates

[The] European Union anti-piracy taskforce has reiterated the need for continued vigilance for all ships transiting the piracy high area at sea amid resurgence of Somali pirates who are holding an Indian vessel.

EU Naval Force Somalia (EU NAVFOR)) also urged the foreign vessels to adhere to self-protection measures laid down in the Best Management Practices 4 (BMP4) and to report any suspicious sightings to the UK’s Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) centre.

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Somali pirates hijack Indian commercial ship

By Abdiqani Hassan

Pirates have hijacked an Indian commercial ship off the coast of Somalia, the second attack in weeks after years of inactivity by pirates, industry and security sources said on Monday.

United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO), which coordinates the management of all merchant ships and yachts in the Gulf of Aden area, said it had received information that a dhow en route to Bosasso from Dubai had been hijacked “in the vicinity of Socotra (Island)”.

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MARAD advisory warns of Yemen risks to U.S.-flag ships

The U.S. Maritime Administration has issued an advisory warning that continued regional tensions in Yemen have increased the risks to U.S.-flagged commercial vessels transiting the Southern Red Sea.

“The Houthi rebels have conducted attacks against a Saudi warship and UAE logistics vessels, as well as an attempted but failed attack against U.S. Navy ships in the southern Red Sea,” says the advisory. “There has been increased fighting along the Red Sea coast and there is a risk that U.S.-flagged commercial vessels operating in the area could be associated with anti-Houthi operations, or otherwise at risk. U.S. flagged vessels operating in this vicinity should exercise extreme caution.”

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