Pirate attacks against vessels in East and West Africa accounted for the majority of world attacks in 2011, signalling a rising trend, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) global piracy report revealed today. Of the 439 attacks reported to the IMB in 2011, 275 attacks took place off Somalia on the east coast and in the Gulf of Guinea on the west coast of Africa.
16.01.2012: 0705 UTC: Posn: 15:04N - 058:17E, Around 265nm NE of Socotra Island, Yemen (Off Somalia)
Lookouts onboard a tanker underway noticed six pirates in a skiff approaching their vessel at a distance of 3.5nm. At a distance of around 300 meters the onboard unarmed security team engaged the skiff with the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) and the non-essential crew members mustered in the citadel. The skiff fired at the vessel and continured to approach. The security team fired warning flares which landed close to the skiff.