NATO — Weekly Piracy Assessment

Report­ing peri­od: 12 to 18 Jan­u­ary 2012 (Updat­ed: 18 Jan­u­ary 2012)

Dur­ing the report­ing peri­od of 12 to 18 Jan­u­ary 2012, there have been three Pirate Attack Groups (PAGs) dis­rupt­ed, two attacks on mer­chant ves­sels, four inci­dents of sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty, one sus­pi­cious approach, and one pre­vi­ous­ly pirat­ed ves­sel released from cap­tiv­i­ty.

The num­ber of dis­rup­tions con­duct­ed by naval Counter-Pira­cy (CP) forces this week has sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced the pirates’ capa­bil­i­ty to engage in pira­cy dur­ing this report­ing peri­od. Since the begin­ning of Jan­u­ary 2012, approx­i­mate­ly 70 sus­pect­ed pirates have been detained by CP forces. 

Mas­ters are advised to be vig­i­lant as PAGs are active and wait­ing for the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attack mer­chant ships. Mas­ters are asked to report any sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty to UKMTO and NSC

Mas­ters are remind­ed that the threat of pira­cy is always present in the High Risk Area (HRA) and are advised to com­plete­ly imple­ment self-pro­tec­tion mea­sures as rec­om­mend­ed in Best Man­age­ment Prac­tices (BMP4). Pru­dent and time­ly appli­ca­tion of BMP can make the impor­tant dif­fer­ence of being approached, attacked, or being pirat­ed. Spe­cif­ic areas of con­cern are indi­cat­ed on the PAG Map. 

South­ern Red Sea (SRS)/Bab Al Man­deb (BAM) / Gulf of Aden (GOA)/Internationally Rec­om­mend­ed Tran­sit Cor­ri­dor (IRTC)

The lev­el of pira­cy activ­i­ty was low­er dur­ing this report­ing peri­od due to dis­rup­tions con­duct­ed by naval CP forces. How­ev­er; on the 17th of Jan­u­ary there were three reports of sus­pi­cious skiff activ­i­ty in the west­ern region of the IRTC

Ara­bi­an Sea (AS)/Greater Soma­li Basin (SB)

There were two attacks (Alerts 006 and 007), three dis­rup­tions, one inci­dent of sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty (Alert 005) and one approach (Alert 008) in this region over this report­ing peri­od. The PAGs involved in the attacks on the 12th and 16th (Alerts 006 and 007) of Jan­u­ary were both dis­rupt­ed with­in 24 hours. On Tues­day 17th of Jan­u­ary, a ves­sel was approached by one skiff off the coast of Oman (Alert 008). The skiff detailed in Alert 005 was dis­rupt­ed approx­i­mate­ly 50nm off the coast of Mogadishu on the 12th of January. 

Details of all of the alerts can be found on our Alert Details web­page. A link to this page can be found here:

Counter Pira­cy Guid­ance Update

Suc­cess­ful dis­rup­tions by counter pira­cy forces, com­ple­ment­ed by mas­ters’ adher­ence and imple­men­ta­tion of BMP, have sig­nif­i­cant­ly reduced the pirates’ abil­i­ty to cap­ture ves­sels. Pirates con­tin­ue their attempts to hijack any ves­sels of oppor­tu­ni­ty; a reminder that pira­cy can occur at any time. In the north­ern SB and AS it has been noticed that the pre­ferred moth­er ships are local dhows, where­as in the south­ern SB the pref­er­ence is to use 8 metre whalers as moth­er ships. 

Extra vig­i­lance, strict imple­men­ta­tion of and adher­ence to all applic­a­ble BMP and Self-Pro­tec­tion Mea­sures remain essen­tial for all areas. Mas­ters are encour­aged to get as much detail as pos­si­ble includ­ing pho­tographs or video of any ves­sel act­ing in a sus­pi­cious manner. 

If any inci­dent occurs, Mas­ters are request­ed to report imme­di­ate­ly to UKMTO via tele­phone and pro­vide the details of the inci­dent. This will ensure the infor­ma­tion is pro­vid­ed to oth­er ships in the area for their aware­ness and vigilance. 

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