Merchant vessel hijacked - southern Red Sea - 1622Z 18 January 2014

The UKMTO reports that an unidentified merchant vessel* has been hijacked in the southern Red Sea, close to the coast of Eritrea and 265m NW of Bab el Mandeb, at 1622z this afternoon, 18 January 2014:

All Ships ---ALERT---

Alert number 002 / 2014.

At 1622 UTC 18 JAN 2014 a merchant vessel was hijacked by pirates in position 15 31 N 039 57 E. ***This vessel was hijacked***

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. ‘

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