Suspicious Approach By Six Skiffs Near Bab-el-Mandeb
February 25, 10:41 UTC: While underway near the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait in approx. posn. 12°13′ N 44°06′ E the oil/chemical tanker WAWASAN EMERALD (IMO # 9412763) was reportedly approached to within 0.5NM by six skiffs with approx. five POB each. Ladders were sighted within the skiffs, but no weapons were seen. The WAWASAN EMERALD had guards embarked, although from current reports it is not clear whether any warning shots were fired. Vessel reported safe.
This incident follows a very similar report in close proximity: on February 22 a vessel was approached by 11 skiffs with approx 4-5 POB each and ladders visible. In that case warning shots were fired.