Location 8NM off Perim Island, Yemen
Type of incidents ATTACK
Lat. / Long. 12:32.6N – 043:32.8E
Source: UKMTO / NYA
Date: 25 October 2016, 1026 UTC
Description: A merchant tanker was approached by a small boat and the occupants fired an RPG at the vessel, the damage is unknown at this time. All crew are safe and the vessel has continued with her passage.
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The vessel attacked was the LNG Carrier Galicia Spirit.
The use of RPG'S in an attack against a vessel in this shipping choke point is very worrying.
Crews are advised to maintain a good lookout by radar and enhanced watchkeepers, crew should take cover in pre designated areas away from the side of any threat if possible and be prepared to fight any fires caused by an exploding warhead.
Please see ASKET RPG Attack Guidelines - 'ROCKET ATTACK STARBOARD' 'TAKE COVER PORT' http://www.asket.co.uk/single-post/2016/10/27/RPG-Attack-Guidelines
More advice is available from ASKET on request including free Emergency Bridge cards and the ASKET Maritime Security App (iOS and Android) which contains guidance on training and rehearsals for MASTERs and crew.