Gulf of Aden Warning - Upsurge in pirate activity
21 August 2008
Gulf of Aden
To all ships transiting the Gulf of Aden
Within the last 48 hours four ships have been attacked and hijacked by armed pirates in the vicinity 13 / 14 degrees north and 046 / 051 degrees east. All ships are strongly advised to maintain a strict visual and radar watch.
Early detection will allow ships to take measures to prevent boarding and request for assistance.
All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre,
Tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours)
Intelligence sources revealed that there are now two suspicious trawlers in the Gulf of Aden believed to be pirate mother vessels looking to attack ships with the intent to hijack.
The description of the suspected trawlers - long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names "BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA". One of the trawlers is believed to be operating at approximately 60 NM NE of Bossasso, Somalia in the Gulf of Aden.
All ships are strongly advised to maintain a strict 24 hours visual and radar watch while transiting these waters and report any attacks or suspicious boats including the trawlers named above to the 24 hour IMB PRC. Tel: +603 2031 0014 / +603 2078 5763 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PS Check this PIRATES' Mother Ships
for the warning issued by Coalition forces in this forum 21 Aug 08.