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Flash Report
Monday 29 June 2020
30nm north of Point Alpha, Gulf of Aden
Incident Details

Incident Type: Suspicious Approach

Location: 30nm north of Point Alpha

Source: Clearwater

Incident Date: 29 June 2020, 0720 UTC

Lat/Long: 12° 23.07 N – 044° 54.02 E

Alert Number: 961

Incident Description

It has been reported that a skiff approached a Container Ship whilst underway approximately 30nm north of Point Alpha. The crew identified the skiff at a distance of 4nm, approaching at a speed of up to 20kts. The skiff continued to approach with a Closest Point of Approach of 0.1nm. When within 1nm the skiff changed her course to directly at the Container Ship, the Captain activated the fire hoses, sounded the ship's whistle and the crew retreated to the Citadel. As the fire hoses where activated, the skiff stopped her approach at an approximate distance of 0.7nm from the Container Ship's Starboard side. The crew remained within the Citadel until the skiff was at a distance of 5nm astern. The skiff was described as up to 10m in length, the hull was grey and four persons were on board.


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