A Merchant vessel was attacked at 253200N – 573300E.
07.05.2017: Posn: 253200N – 573300E,
As per our reports, a Merchant vessel was attached at 1440 UTC near PSN 253200N – 573300E around 14nm SW of Bandar-e Jask, Iran - Gulf of Oman. At the same time a vessel suspected to be the mother vessel was seen astern at a distance of 2 nm. As the skiffs moved in close, the crew observed the persons in the boat holding ladders. Looking at this the alarm was raised, speed was increased, necessary evasive manoeuvres commended and Ras al Khor Port contacted, who in-turn informed the Iranian navy.
As the bulk carrier changed course the skiffs and the suspected mother vessel followed. After around 20 minutes the Iranian navy called the bulk carrier to alter course at which point the skiffs aborted and moved away. All crew are reported safe.