This latest incident is the 8th recorded approach within the MSTC / IRTC in 2020 and the 4th incident in the vicinity of the Southern Bab al Mandab.
Incidents have thus far all been recorded as suspicious approaches.
Thus far there has been a 100% increase in reporting throughout this area, within the first quarter of 2020 compared with all recorded incidents in 2019. Despite this there remains little evidence to suggest a significance increase in the maritime security threat art this stage. There are currently no incidences of vessels undergoing persistent approach, or shots being fired at vessels and other key indicators of piracy intent.
It is not yet known whether ladders or weapons were sighted in this instance.