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Pirate attacks in the Red Sea and Indonesia

9 June 2017

There are growing signs that piracy is once more on the rise in the Red Sea, after a long lull in incidents following the deployment of naval forces to deter Somali pirates. Indonesian waters are another danger hotspot, with an increase in the use of arms by robbers and others attempting to board vessels.

Recent incidents reported to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) worldwide Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) include the following. 

  • Skiffs with six men armed with guns approached and fired on a tanker around 103 nautical miles off Oman on 1 June. The alarm was raised, non-essential crew retreated to the citadel, the tanker increased speed and took evasive manoeuvres, and the onboard armed security team fired warning shots, causing the skiffs to move away. 
  • Three pirates in a skiff armed with guns and rocket-propelled grenade chased and fired on a tanker off Bab el-Mandeb, Red Sea on 31 May. The alarm was raised and non-essential crew retreated to the citadel. The onboard armed security team fired warning shots and the skiff moved away. Two warships went to the area to assist the vessel, which had sustained damage in the firing. 
  • Six men armed with guns boarded a tanker around 24 nautical miles off Pulau Jemaja, Indonesia on 28 May. They tied up the crew, threatened them with their weapons, stole ship’s cash and the master’s personal belongings, and escaped. 


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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