Security Advisory - Piracy Alert


MSCHOA  has received an unconfirmed report that a Dhow was pirated  in the vicinity of Eyl during the last 24 hours.

Whilst investigations are still ongoing, ships operating in the Somali Basin should remain vigilant and continue to apply BMP4 procedures.  Any actual or suspected piracy should be reported to UKMTO on +971 501 898 389.

There are reports that this Dhow has been commandeered by pirates and is being used as a mother ship. There is no independent verification of this.

The following Navigation Warning to warn shipping of a possible PAG however has been issued :

Report of mothership operations
MSCHOA NAVWARN Request 004/17
Indian Ocean – Somali Basin
Act of piracy
Reports of a possible pirate action group carrying out mothership operations within a 300nm radius of position 0758n 04953e at 241200 UTC Mar 17.
Vessels are advised to keep well clear and to exercise extreme caution if in the vicinity. Report any suspected or actual pirate activity to UKMTO Dubai, by phone: +97 150 552 3215 or e-mail:

Giles Noakes
By Giles Noakes
in Copenhagen, DK


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