Weekly Piracy Report: NO News Is GOOD News

HOA Pirate Activity, June 7-13, 2012

Weekly Summary by Region: JUNE 7-12

There are currently no incidents to report

Currently Hijacked Vessels

  1. ICEBERG I, Panama, RoRo, 29 March 2010
  2. ALBEDO, Malaysia, Container Cargo,25 November 2010
  3. ORNA, Panama, Bulk Cargo, 20 December 2010
  4. SHIUH FU NO.1, Taiwan,Fishing Vessel, 25 December 2010
  5. FREE GODDESS, Liberia, Bulk Cargo, 7 February 2012
  6. ROYAL GRACE, Panama, Chemical Tanker, 2 March 2012
  7. NAHAM 3, Oman, Fishing Vessel, 26 March 2012
  8. SMYRNI, Liberia, Crude Oil Tanker, 10 May 2012

Piracy Weather Forecast: JUNE 14-20

Pirate Skiff Capability (Graphic courtesy of the Naval Oceanographic Office Warfighting Support Center)

GULF OF ADEN: West-southwesterly winds of 5 – 10 knots with seas of 2 – 4 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: West-southwesterly winds of 5 – 10 knots, becoming variable at 4 – 6 knots, with seas of 2 – 4 feet.

SOMALI COAST: The Somali Coastal area remains under the influence of the Southwest Monsoon, with south-southwesterly winds of 25 – 30 knots and seas of 9 – 12 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: South-southwesterly winds of 25 – 30 knots, gusting to 35 knots in or near thunderstorms with seas of 9 – 12 feet.

ARABIAN SEA: Westerly winds of 8 – 12 knots and seas of 5 – 7 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: West-southwesterly winds of 15 – 20 knots, becoming west-southwesterly at 20 – 25 knots, with seas of 7 – 9 feet, increasing to 9 – 12 feet after 18 June.

CENTRAL AFRICAN COAST/INDIAN OCEAN: Tanzania and Kenyan coastal regions will remain under the influence of the Southwest Monsoon pattern, with south-southeasterly winds of 15 – 20 knots, gusting to 35 knots in or near thunderstorms, with seas of 5 – 7 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: South-southeasterly winds of 25 – 30 knots, gusting to 35 knots in or near thunderstorms with seas of 5 – 7 feet and occasional swells of 7 – 9 feet.

MOZAMBIQUE CHANNEL: South-southeast winds of 8 – 12 knots in the northern channel, with seas of 6 – 8 feet. In the southern channel, south-southeasterly winds of 24 – 28 knots, with seas of 10 – 14 feet. EXTENDED FORECAST: In the northern channel, south-southeasterly winds of 15 – 20 knots and seas of 5 – 7 feet, decreasing to 3 – 5 feet. In the southern channel, expect southeasterly winds of 15 – 20 knots and seas of 10 – 14 feet until 15 June, then decreasing to between 3 – 5 feet.

SURFACE CURRENTS: Currents within the Somalia Basin, and the Gulf of Aden average approximately 1 – 1.5 knots. Currents speeds along the Somali coast, continuing south off the northern Kenya coastline until about 10 degrees South will average 2 – 3 knots. The Mozambique Channel has an average current of 1 – 2 knots, though the current speed along the northwestern portion of the channel will average 2-3 knots.

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