Update 7th October 2016


Members will have seen the guidance issued by the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Office (UKMTO) in Advisory Notice 003/OCT/16. Industry has had no indication or evidence the merchant shipping community is a target and the UKMTO advisory is forwarded to assist ships in taking actions to minimise the risks of becoming accidentally involved in the Yemeni Conflict.


  1. Category: Maritime Security Incident/SOLAS - Update

  2. Description: On 1 Oct 16 UKMTO advised of a vessel on fire at 0102 UTC in posn 13 06N, 043 08E (Bab el Mandeb straits). Indications are this incident is linked with the Yemen conflict and was a targeted attack from ashore on a specific UAE flagged vessel. Masters can expect to see an increased coalition warship presence in the Bab el Mandeb straits and as a precaution, should consider the following: maintain the farthest possible distance from the Yemen coast, transit the Bab el Mandeb straits during daylight hours, use the western TSS, increase speed, maintain vigilance and report any unusual activity to UKMTO.

  3. Any queries regarding this Advisory Notice ring 0044 2392 222060 only for further information

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