The IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre carries details of an attack against a bulk carrier yesterday, underway in position 12.19N-043.57E at 1105UTC in the Gulf of Aden.
The report states that six skiffs containing four to six pirates in each craft approached the carrier at a speed of 25 knots frmo the starboard bow. The Master raised the alarm, increased speed and altered course, sending a distress message. The skiffs attempted to close on the vessel from the starboard beam and quarter, while one skiff tried to approach from the port bow. The onboard armed security team fired eight warning flares but the pirates continued their approach.
Weapons and boarding ladders were identified in the skiffs. After nearly 40 minutes, the security team fired six warning shots and the pirates aborted and moved away. A coalition naval vessel came to the scene for assistance.
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