A maritime security alert has been issued for the Arabian Sea after a container vessel was approached by three skiffs in position 26:08.9N – 056:42.1E at the northern approaches to the Strait of Hormuz on 25 February.
The attack was aborted following warning shots fired from the vessel’s on-board security team. Attacks have been recorded further south in the strategic waterway in recent weeks; however, the incident was the most northerly attack recorded to date.
Three attacks were recorded in the Gulf of Oman in January, the most northerly of which was around 40NM south of the latest attack. Vessels are advised that attempted attacks and suspicious approaches are likely to continue in the northern Arabian Sea, and possibly the Strait of Hormuz in the coming months as pirates adapt tactics in light of falling success rates and improved security on merchant vessels.