1. UKMTO released 1 Advisory this week.
2. Inquiries continue into the reported attack on a Togo flagged Landing Craft, MV Sultan 2. The incident took place on 3 Jan 17, 30nm North of the BeM strait. Initial assessment indicates that the attack is not piracy related and is most likely linked to the conflict in Yemen.
3. Efforts to create stability and unity in Somalia were boosted this week when the leaders of Puntland and Galmudug announced a ceasefire agreement (a), while the enduring commitment to prosecute and punish those engaged in piracy was highlighted in a report that a convicted Somali pirate will serve out his time in the US (b). NATO’s Counter Piracy mission ‘Ocean Shield’ came to an end in Dec 16, the impact the operation had in the combined fight against piracy is reflected upon in an article release this week (c).