1. On 25 Oct 16 an MV reported coming under attack 5nm from the southern entrance of the Bab el Mandeb TSS. The MV reports being approached by x 1 small boat with x 3 occupants and fired upon with small arms. The motive for this incident and those who may have been involved are the subject of ongoing investigations. The vessel continued its voyage towards Suez, crew are safe (UKMTO Advisory 7 and updates, page 3).
2. After 4½ years in captivity 26 crew members of the fishing vessel Naham 3 were released this week having been hijacked close to the Seychelles in March 2012. John Steed MBE describes those involved in securing the release in footage provided courtesy of Oceans Beyond Piracy (a). Shen Jui-chang, a Taiwanese captive gives a harrowing account of his time in captivity along with emotional scenes of his return home (b).
3. On 26 Oct 16 the Pakistan Navy assumed command of Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) Combined Task Force 151 (CTF 151) from the Republic of Korea, ‘it’s principle mission to disrupt piracy and armed robbery in the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea’ (d), Business Insider takes a ‘look back on how Somali pirates disrupted world shipping a few years ago’ (e), Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) senior officials meet to agree a Concord on maritime security and other priorities (f) whilst the Royal Navy task force passes through Suez to conduct operations and exercises in the Middle East (g).
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