Suspicious approach - Gulf of Oman - 0851Z 28 February 2014
The MSC-HOA initially reported this as an attack in progress but has since revised this to a ‘suspicious approach' as follows:
Suspicious approach on an unidentified merchant in position 22 28 00 N 060 51.5 E approximately 60 m off the coast of Oman and 145 m south east of Muscat. Two skiffs with ladders , 2 to 3 POB each skiff.
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.