Suspicious approach/attack attempt W Gulf of Aden 181213

Please find attached a report from the Master and security team leader on a suspicious approach/attempted attack (depending on the viewpoint of the Master or team leader) on a bulk carrier in the western Gulf of Aden yesterday, 0505Z 181213


PLEASE FIND BELOW ATTEMPTED PIRACY ATTACK REPORT

TYPE OF SHIP: BULK CARRIER
GRT : 22,863
DATE & TIME OF INCIDENT: 18TH DEC. 2013 / 0805LT 0505UTC
POSITION :LAT.12-05.54N LONG. 045-24.39E
NEAREST LOCATION ; APPROACHING IRTC PT."A" WEST BOUND
COUNTRY : GULF OF ADEN SOMALIA
STATUS : STEAMING
OWN SPEED : 14.0KTS
FREEBOARD : 6.41MTRS
WEATHER : CLEAR WEATHER/WIND NE/ BEAUFORT SCALE 3 / SEA 1-2MTRS
TYPE OF ATTACK: ATTEMPTED ATTACK

AREA OF ATTACK: IRTC PT."A" GULF OF ADEN LAST OBSERVED MOVEMENTS OF PIRATES : 8 SKIFFS APPROACHED VERY FAST 20 KTS. ON PORT SIDE OTHERS PASSING, OTHERS PASSING AHEAD OF 0.5NM.


3 REMAINED ON PORT SIDE UNTIL VESSEL THEM OTHER SKIFFS ALTER OT PASS ASTERN OF THE VESSEL.ALL SKIFFS MOVING AWAY HEADING NE DIRECTION.

COURSE AND SPEED OF OWN VESSEL WHEN SKIFFS SIGHTED: COURSE 252 / SPEED 14.0 KTS.
NUMBER OF PIRATES ; 8 SKIFFS WITH 3 MEN ONBOARD EACH SKIFFS
WEAPONS USED : SIGHTED BLUE SKIFFS STANDING MEN WITH LONG ARM WEAPON (NOT CONFIRED AS WEAPON BY PMSC).
DISTINCTIVE DETAILS: BLUE AND WHITE SKIFFS SPEED 20KTS WAS SEEN APROACHING THE VESSEL.
CRAFT USED : SOMALIAN SKIFFS
METHOD OF APPROACH : VERY FAST MOVING SCATTRED APPROACHING THE SHIP ON
PORT SIDE THEN THEY
STOPPED WHEN WITHIN 0.5NM FROM PORT SIDE
OTHERS PASSING IN FRONT AND ASTERN OTHERS KEEP ON PORT SIDE OBSERVING THE VESSEL DEFENCES RAZOR WIRE AND FIRE HOSES RUNNING PORT/STBD ON DECK. THEY OBSERVED THEY CREW ON THE BRIDGE WATCHING AND 3 ARMS GUARD IN READY STANDING ON PORT SIDE WATCHING THEIR MOVEMENTS.
DURATION OF ATTEMPTED ATTACK: ABOUT 16 MINUTES
AGGRESSIVE / VIOLENT : AT FIRST OBSERVATION THEY SKIFFS WERE OBSERVED MOVING AGRESSIVED TOWARDS
THE SHIP.

FURTHER DETAILS:
ACTION BY MASTER & CREW AND ITS EFFECTIVENESS: VIGILANT WATCH AND PROPER LOOK OUT OF SUSPICIOUS
SKIFFS/ STARTED GS PUMP TO RUN FIRE HOSES ON DECK TO REPEL THEIR INTENTION AND TO WARN THEM PIRATES THAT EVERYTHING ONBOARD ARE WELL PREPARED.MASTER SOUND GENERAL ALARM AND CREW MUSTERED.
COASTAL REPORT: NIL / CALL UKMTO
PREPARED COMMUNICATIONS WITH REPORTING SHIPS : YES, COMMUNICATION READY /
NUMBER OF CREW / NATIONALITY : 22 CREW
DETAILS OF SELF PROTECTION MEASURES: INSTALLED RAZOR WIRE AROUND MAINDECK / RIGGED FIRE HOSES PORT /STBD SIDE.  

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