Suspicious approach - southern Red Sea - 1120Z 27 October 2013
The MSC-HOA reports the suspicious approach by two skiffs to an unidentified merchant vessel at 1120Z, 27 October 2013, 43 miles north west of the Bab-el-Mandeb in the southern Red Sea. Observers comment that persons on board were wearing 'yellow raincoats'. One wonders if these are hi-vis jackets reflecting pirates embracing a strict health and safety regime. Very reassuring.
‘Alert number 011 / 2013.
At 1120UTC / 27.10.2013 a merchant vessel reported being approached by 2 skiffs, one white and one blue, hulled with 2 outboard engines, each skiff had 5 POB each wearing a yellow raincoat, ladders were visible but no weapons seen.
VESSELS ARE ADVISED TO KEEP WELL CLEAR OF THIS POSITION AND TO EXERCISE EXTREME CAUTION IF IN VICINITY. REPORT ANY SUSPECTED OR ACTUAL PIRATE ACTIVITY TO UKMTO DUBAI, BY PHONE: +97 150 552 3215 OR E-MAIL: UKMTO@EIM.AE.
WHILE NAVIGATING IN THE REGION VESSELS ARE URGED TO OPERATE AT A HEIGHTENED STATE OF READINESS, IMPLEMENT SELF PROTECTION MEASURES IN ACCORDANCE WITH BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICE VERSION 4 (BMP4) DATED AUGUST 2011.'
The colour key for Google earth images is:
Red - Hijacked vessel, kidnapped crew or attack in progress.
White - Failed or aborted attack.
Yellow - Pirate action group (PAG) or mother ship.
Green - Suspicious approach, incident or activity.