Saturday, December 29, 2012

NATO Piracy Update


NATO reports that all 22 hostages from the MV Iceberg 1 have now been released from pirate captivity. They had been held since the Iceberg 1 was pirated on 29 March 2010, a period of two years and nine months. The former hostages are now recovering from their ordeal and are receiving food and medical care.

On 21 Dec 2012 at 0845Z, a vessel transiting in the Gulf of Oman (2322N; 05926E) was approached and chased by two skiffs for approximately 1.5 hours. Vessel was subsequently confirmed as safe. On 20 Dec 2012 at 1015Z, a vessel transiting in the Gulf of Oman was approached by a skiff reported in position 2449N; 05750E, with possibly armed personnel onboard. The skiff fell back and the vessel was reported safe.

New Area of Concern

The vessel reported hijacked from Bossaso anchorage on 18 Dec 2012 has returned to its previous position. This incident is no longer assessed as being piracy related.

In addition to the incidents above, the NATO Shipping Centre has identified a new area of concern on the Pirate Attack Group (PAG) map located within the Gulf of Oman.

Merchant vessels are advised to remain vigilant throughout the High Risk Area and ensure that Self Protection Measures are in place as PAGs are likely to be operating in the area.