Largest attack by pirates to date on single vessel! August 7, 2011Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
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The largest recorded attack on a single commercial vessel transiting the Gulf of Aden occurred in the southern Red Sea 30 nm north west of Bab-el-Mandeb by twelve (12) skiffs at approximately 1520Z in position 1302N 04307E.
The vessel managed to evade hijack and fortunately no crew members were hurt, however, this attack–a first–is unlike anything anyone has seen to date. The pirate action group is still in the Red Sea by the mouth leading into the Gulf of Aden. A perfect “fatal funnel” in tactical terms.
There have been dozens of attacks in this area this year and shipping companies are urged to use extreme caution and take preventive measures to ensure they don’t become a costly statistic.