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.
Pirates kidnap two officers and three crew from vessel off Bonny, Nigeria on 02/08/2017
Skiff approaches vessel in Gulf of Aden - 29/07/2017
Yemen: Skiffs approach merchant vessel off Hodeidah
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Following recent spate of attacks against merchant shipping, the Combined Maritime Forces issue statement to industry.
The International Maritime Bureau have issued a new report on piracy for the first quarter of 2017.
Our correspondents in Dubai – GAC - have provided the following bulletin in respect to the continuing conflict in the Yemen and its impact on key ports.
Another serious daylight attack on a merchant ship took place in the Sulu Sea- Celebes area on Sunday 19th February when pirates boarded the bulk carrier Giang Hai killing one crew member and abducting six officers and crew.
More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years. The ICC International Maritime Bureau's (IMB) annual piracy report published on the 10th January reveals a three-fold increase in kidnappings since 2015 despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998.