Britain has deployed its most advanced warship off the coast of Yemen as fears for commercial shipping in the region grow.
The piracy-prone Gulf of Aden at the Horn of Africa has seen attacks decrease sharply over the last five years, but the positive development has come at a massive cost, according to data cited by Intertanko.
Pirates fled from a hijacked dhow they were planning to use as a mothership to attack commercial shipping in the Gulf of Aden after they came under pressure from EU naval forces (EU Navfor).
There are conflicting reports as to whether Somali pirates have successfully hijacked their first merchant vessel since 2012, or that it was taken by Eritrean forces.
The risk of piracy has “not gone away” according to chairman of Maritime Piracy Humanitarian Response Programme (MPHRP) Peter Swift, at a conference hosted by the International Union of Marine Insurance (IUMI).
An unprecedented alert has been issued today, warning of the risk of attack off Yemen by an Al Qaeda-affiliated group.