The NATO Shipping Centre, which connects North Atlantic Treaty Organization naval forces with the merchant shipping community, has advised merchant vessels to remain vigilant in the gulfs of Oman and Aden and off the Somali coast, following a string of recent piracy incidents.
On Dec. 27, a vessel near the Strait of Hormuz was approached by two skiffs, and another vessel near the Omani coast was also approached by two skiffs. On the same day, BNS Louise Marie disrupted a suspected skiff off the Somali coast. On Dec. 30, a vessel reported suspicious activity by two skiffs in the Gulf of Aden, and on Jan. 1, a vessel reported an incident involving four skiffs. All vessels are safe.
The NATO Shipping Centre’s Piracy Attack Group map points out areas of concern.