The IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre has details of an attempted hijacking yesterday in the Gulf of Aden.
According to the report, a bulk carrier underway in position 14.22.59N-054.38.26E, around 110nm North of Socotra Island, Yemen, came under attack at 1030 UTC.
The carrier was approached by pirates in a dhow. The Master raised the alarm and took evasive manouvres. As the dhow closed upon the carrier, the onboard armed security team fired warning shots. The dhow continued its approach, ignoring the shots and, as it neared the carrier, two pirates hiding underneath a blanket on deck appeared with guns and began firing upon the carrier.
There was an exchange of fire between the onboard security team and the pirates until the dhow aborted its attack and moved away. No injuries reported to crew. At the time of the incident, the Master reported the wind direction and force as SSW x 7.
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