Maritime News

Warning about dangers off Yemen

2 February 2018

The European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) and the combined maritime forces engaged in anti-piracy operations off Somalia have warned that there are potential risks in the waters off Yemen following the conflict there, with not just piracy but also sea mines and water-borne improvised explosive devices in the area.

The warning has led to new interim guidance on maritime security in the southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb, published by the shipping bodies BIMCO, International Chamber of Shipping and Intertanko. The guidance reiterates the importance of shipping using the maritime security transit corridor in the area, as well as other security measures. Although the anti-piracy measures and naval presence have had success in reducing piracy in these waters, a few incidents have been reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) in the last year.

Other recent incidents of armed robbery and crime at sea reported to the IMB’s 24-hour worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following.

  • Two robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Godau, Vietnam on 31 January, took the bosun hostage and injured him with a knife. Ship’s stores were reported missing.
  • Seven robbers armed with knives boarded a tanker anchored at Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela on 30 January, took the duty seafarer hostage and threatened him with a knife. The alarm was raised, the crew mustered and the seafarer was released. Ship’s stores were stolen.
  • Five robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Kutubdia, Bangladesh on 30 January, threatened the duty seafarer and escaped with stolen ship’s stores. The coastguard later recovered the stolen property.
  • Three robbers armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier anchored at Callao, Peru on 27 January, tied up the duty crew, stole ship’s stores and crew personal belongings, and escaped.
  • A tanker was hijacked from Cotonou, Benin on 10 January. The IMB notified the Nigerian and Benin navies. On 16 January, the tanker and her crew arrived safely in Lagos, Nigeria after negotiations with the hijackers.



All attacks and suspicious sightings should be reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre, tel: +603 2031 0014 (24 hours), email:


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