Posted on April 05, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

Following an attack on a tanker, the European Union's Naval Force Somalia, EU NAVFOR have warned of the potential danger of transiting through the Southern Red Sea. Saudi Arabia flagged Merchant Tanker, Abqaiq, fell victim to an attack earlier this week.

Saudi Arabia flagged Merchant Tanker, Abqaiq, fell victim to an attack earlier this week that has been linked to the War in Yemen.

The multi-national naval partnership Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) and EU NAVFOR issued a threat assessment through the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa (MSCHOA), which monitors vessels transiting through the Gulf of Aden, but has so far reported no further activity related to the onboard explosion.

EU NAVFOR, which released limited details about the nature of the aggression towards the ship, confirmed that the vessel was able to continue operating after the incident and said the crew were “safe and unharmed”.

In a statement EU NAVFOR said:

“The requirement for vigilance when transiting this area, together with the timely reporting of all suspicious incidents, remains crucial.

“Military organisations often request imagery to be taken during any incident and when safe to do so.

“This should then be sent to MSCHOA and / or UKMTO.

“A detailed description of vessels, objects, and behaviours observed are vital contributors to the analysis and assessment of the threat environment.

“Reports should endeavour to provide as much factual detail as possible and avoid speculating when only limited information is available.”

CMF and EU NAVFOR have a number of maritime and aviation assets currently in the region and will continue to maintain presence in the area. Both will continue work with allies and regional partners in the Southern Red Sea.

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