1. UKMTO have released one Warning and one warning update this week (see page 3).
2. MT Al Heera reported to UKMTO that it was coming under attack on 15 Apr 17, Ref WARNING NOTICE 003/APR/2017. EUNAVFOR and the Chinese navy responded to the incident. Vessel and crew are safe. No confirmed reports as to the current location or fate of the pirates.
3. Due to the recent increase in incidents all shipping transiting the area should remain vigilant. As previously advised by UKMTO, it is highly recommended to fully follow the guidance, including the voluntary reporting procedures, given in Best Management Practices for Protection against Somalia Based Piracy 4 (BMP4), copy at the following link http://bit.ly/2ifzmAu
4. UKMTO Dubai will be hosting the Maritime Information Exchange Vessel Operators’ Meeting (MIEVOM) on 18 May 2017. Confirmed attendance for the meeting is already at a high level. In order that we can manage numbers it is requested that anyone wishing to attend contact UKMTO to confirm their details.