Incident Type: - f. Suspicious Approach/ Activity
Region: - Red Sea/ Bab el Mandeb
Authority/ Reported By: - Dryad Global
Position: - 12°22.07N, 043°48.00 E
Reporting indicates that the MT BOW ORION was approached whilst underway in the Southern Bab-el-Mandeb. The approach was undertaken by a high-speed craft, with ten individuals on board. The approach was conducted from the port side of the vessel, and came within 0.4 nm of the vessel (weapons were observed onboard).
The craft approached the vessel and requested she stop via VHF radio. In response the vessel increased its speed, carried out lockdown procedures and the onboard armed security arm took position on the bridge of the vessel.
Prior to this incident the same craft is reported to have approached a bulk carrier, where it attempted communications by VHF, and claimed they were a vessel of the Yemeni Coastguard.
Report Here - Dryad Global Ch16