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Update - 2 Skiffs,16 Pirates, RPG's - Attack Cable Layer in Red Sea, shots fired

NYA Piracy Update - 13:37.5N - 042:35.9E Attack within the Bab-el-Mandeb

Dear sirs,

Please be advised that following the Maritime Security Alert for East Africa dated 22 July 2016, the following information has become available:

The ICC-IMB confirmed that 16 pirates on board two skiffs armed with AK-47 assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) approached and fired upon a cable layer vessel installing cables.

The alarm was raised, SSAS activated and the non-essential crewmembers retreated to the citadel. The Armed Security Team on board returned fire, resulting in the pirates aborting the attack and moving away. All crew is safe.

Details of the above incident are available on MarTrack. We will continue to seek clarification and any further details will be added to MarTrack.

Best regards,

NYA Operations Centre


Original Alert


A merchant ship was attacked in position 133812N 0423924E at 220456ZJUL16. Occupants of skiff fired shots at MV and MV’s Armed Security Team fired warning shots in return. MV is safe. Vessels transiting the area are advised to exercise extreme caution. UKMTO Watchkeeper

Chart courtesy if NYA International

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