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Weekly Summary of Maritime Crime and Piracy: Week of 27 October 2011 (source: ONI)
Petroleum tanker (HALIFAX) hijacked by pirates on 29 October at 1219 UTC while in position 03:26.5N – 006:42.3E, approximately 62 nm southwest of Bonny. Vessel was awaiting further berthing instructions from its charterers. Vessel has a crew of 24 Filipinos and one Bulgarian. (IMB)
GULF OF ADEN:
Tanker (LIQUID VELVET) hijacked by six pirates on 31 October at 0842 UTC while underway in position 12:00N – 045:33E, approximately 55 nm southeast of Aden, Yemen. The crew (21 Filipinos and one Greek) were able to lock themselves in the citadel, but the pirates were able to breach it. (UKMTO, Operator)
Gulf of Aden Convoy Schedule
Piracy and Weather Forecast for 3–9 NOV 2011
A. GULF OF ADEN: Area winds and seas will remain light through next 72 hours within the majority of the GOA. Area storms in the eastern portion will degrade conditions (15 – 20 knots/4 – 6 feet) for first 24 – 48 hours before calming as well. EXTENDED FORECAST: Expect no impacts within the GOA through 9 Nov as area winds and seas remain light.
B. SOMALI COAST: Area storms are producing locally moderate winds (southeast 14 – 18 knots) with moderate sea heights (3 – 5 feet) in the waters off the Somali coast. EXTENDED FORECAST: Expect decreased winds and seas (southeast 8 – 12, 2 – 4 feet) by 6 Nov continuing through 9 Nov.
C. NORTH ARABIAN SEA: Light and variable winds will increase by 5 Nov (northeast 10 – 15 knots) with seas of 2 – 4 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: Moderate winds and seas will persist within the Arabian Sea, slowly increasing by 7 Nov (east 20 – 25 knots, 5 – 7 feet) as a storm system transits across the region.
D. INDIAN OCEAN: Southeast winds 14 – 18 knots currently influence conditions off the coast of Kenya/Tanzania with seas of 4 – 6 feet. Conditions within these waters will remain affected for next 72 hours. Increased southerly winds 18 – 22 knots impact the waters in the Mozambique Channel with sea heights above 8 feet. These winds and seas will slowly decrease over next 24 – 48 hours and then shift in direction (northeast 14 – 18) by 05 Nov. EXTENDED FORECAST: Shifting winds (east 12 – 16 knots) and decreasing seas (2 – 4 feet) will influence the waters off of Kenya and Tanzania by 6 Nov. A transiting storm system to the south will affect the waters within the Mozambique Channel by 7 Nov, increasing winds and seas (southeast 10 – 15 knots, 5 – 7 feet).
E. SURFACE CURRENTS: Currents within the Somalia Basin, Gulf of Aden, and into the Indian Ocean remain variable, with most areas having average speeds of less than 2 knots. Expect locally increased surface current speeds around transiting storm systems. Other areas in the open waters of the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Somalia, show increased speeds up to 3.5 knots.
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