The IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre has just released details of an incident on Sunday off the Omani coast.
According to the report, pirates armed with guns in two skiffs approached an LPG tanker underway in position 25.15N-057.16.4E at 1516 UTC, approximately 48nm off Fujairah, Oman. The Master fired warning flares and pyrotechnics, increased speed and manoeuvred in order to keep the skiffs right astern.
UKMTO and navies in vicinity informed. An Iranian warship responded and escorted the tanker until clear of the skiffs. This is likely to be the same incident mentioned by Iranian Press sources on Monday. As the SW monsoon makes small boat operations in the GoA more difficult, it is likely that this type of incident will continue. The proximity to one of the regions larger ports is, however, a concern.
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