Maritime Security Alert (10 May 2012)
A maritime security alert has been issued for the Arabian Sea after Liberia-flagged product tanker “Smyrni” was confirmed as pirated on 10 May.
The vessel was reportedly attacked around 285NM south east of Masirah Island, Oman, at around 0930 local time and later confirmed as hijacked by UKMTO.
The tanker is managed by Athens-based Dynacom Tanker Management and has a top speed of 9 knots and a freeboard of 7.7 metres. Further details were unavailable at the time of writing.
The hijacking comes after weeks of increased mothership activity in the Gulf of Aden and Arabian sea; vessels in the area are advised to proceed with caution and be wary of suspect dhows hidden amongst local traffic.