sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery

 

Sail-World.com : Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004

Through the Arabian Gulf Pirate Zone in 2004

On 21st February, 2004, 21 sailing boats set out from Salalah in Oman to transverse the hottest pirate zone in the world, and we (Blackwattle) were among that group. Prior to departure opinions were mixed. Some boats wished to slip through alone, some wanted a contingent. Some wanted to make contingents with boats who didn't want them. There was much confusion.

In the end, a general meeting was held, where information was shared. There was no consensus. The atmosphere in the meeting was tense, if collaborative. Fast boats and knowledgeable sailors simply did not want to be responsible for slow boats or sailors they considered incompetent.

I put the content of the meeting into some 'Minutes' which shared the most important of the information.

Here are the 'Minutes' of the meeting:

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Red Sea Net Suggested Procedures
Boats departing Salalah on Saturday 21st February, 2004 :

Clearance:
Boats wishing Mohammed to obtain clearance should hand over documentation to him at the wharf at 9.00am on Friday 20th. Passports and clearance will be ready for collection at the wharf at 7.00pm that evening for departure Saturday. Please check with Mohammed whether you need to produce insurance papers. He will also need to know your NEXT PORT OF CALL for Customs.

Waypoints:
WAY POINT A: N13.30 E49.20 WAY POINT B: N12.48 E46.50
WAY POINT C: N13.46 E49.12 WAY POINT D: N13.02 E46.44


General Scheds:
HF Frequency: Scheds: 4030 and 8173(reporting only) Emergency: 2182
Times: 0600 1200 1800 2400, Salalah time, UTC+4.
After leaving Salalah, please give your position in relation to the way point (eg. X miles from Way Point C), and do not mention on air the position of the way points
VHF for close proximity communication: 73 Emergency: 16
The Red Sea Net will continue as usual at 8.00am daily Salalah time, UTC+4.

Salalah to Way Points:
Boats should make their way independently to either Way Point A or Way Point C. During this journey it is thought that boats will discover boats with similar speeds. Boats should collect at WP A or WP C at sunset on the day of arrival.

Formation of small convoys at the Way Points:
At the Way Points, boats will form small convoys of not more than four compatible boats, and establish rules applying to their own convoy, including:
a. lights to be displayed, if any
b. distance to be maintained between boats, and formation details
c. scheds other than those maintained above
d. Speed to be maintained
e. Procedures in case of pirate approach, other than mentioned in PIRATE APPROACH below
f. Position at which the convoy shall disband, if different from Way Point B or D
g. Who is to be the net controller
h. Whether all boats in small convoy will continue to call on the six hourly sched, or only the net controller.

Boats will then proceed as agreed within the convoy to either Way Point B or Way Point D. If too many boats congregate at one time at a way point, separate way points should be established, say, 5 miles south of Way Point A and B

PIRATE APPROACH:
Boat being approached will call a MAYDAY on Channel 16 and 2182. Boats in the vicinity will assist by:

a. continuing to call the emergency by all methods open to them
b. specifically attempting to call any shipping in the area
c. making contact with the boats with satellite phones, who will then phone the available range of emergency numbers (distributed to these boats separately)
d. letting off flares
e. Coming to the aid of the robbed boat in any way necessary after the pirates have departed

It is NOT anticipated that boats will remain in the area or make any supportive or preventative moves during the robbery.

SATELLITE PHONES are on the following boats: BLACKWATTLE, DESTINY, BRITT and SOLARA.

Satellite Phone Numbers for use in pirate approach:

The following Stations are believed to operate 24/7:

Saudi Arabia (Jeddah MRCC): +966 2648 1596

Egypt JRCC Cairo: +20 2 478 4537

Kuala Lumpur Anti- Piracy Help Line: + 60 3 2031 0014

Australian Maritime Safety Authority: +61 2 6230 6811

Unknown whether the following are 24/7 Stations or not:

Aden Harbour Master: Duty Officer: +9672 202 262
+9672 202 238
Yemen Port Authority, Aden +9672 202 666
+9672 203537

Djibouti: French Navy: + 253 351 351 or +253 350 348, and ask for the Officier Permanent , Operation
Djibouti Port Authority: +253 352 331 or +253 351501

Eritrea Assab: +251 3 660077
Masawa: +251 1 552122

------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In the event, we (Blackwattle) joined with four other boats, at Waypoint A, and we made our way without lights, in a V formation 500 metres apart, and tracked each other by radar. We crossed the 'pirate zone' on a moonless mid-week night(most previous attacks had occurred at the weekend), and stayed on the recommended mid-point track between Yemen and Somalia. We did NOT use the VHF at all, communicating by HF radio only. It was a tense night, but we slept well when not on watch, and had no incident.

However, it is worth noting that one of our party had been tracked the previous night by an unidentified radar blip for many hours. They called for assistance and a boat from our party heard them and called Australia, who called the Kuala Lumpur pirate number, who called the Coalition Warship base in our area. 12 hours later, after our small contingent had come together, we were circled by a Coalition helicopter, then later were visited by a Coalition Warship, who said they would take care of us during the coming night through the danger zone. To prove their sincerity, the Spanish sailors (who pulled out of the Coalition later because of the Madrid train disaster) visited each boat in one of their rubber duckies, and presented us with a fine bottle of Spanish wine. We didn't see them again.

There were two sailing boats attacked by pirates in the 2004 season. One was a 28ft single hander, who lost his electronics to the pirates, the other a French boat who said later that they had not heard that there was a pirate problem. Both boats were sailing close to the Yemeni coast.




by Nancy Knudsen

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=20604

8:20 AM Mon 19 Dec 2005 GMT






Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Piracy and the Cruising sailor

Related News Stories:

05 Nov 2013  Maritime Anti-piracy - The Captain's Guide Book
17 Jul 2013  Somali Piracy lowest since 2006, but stay away from West Africa
04 Jun 2013  Gulf of Guinea replaces Somalia as most dangerous place to sail
17 Apr 2013  Maritime Anti-Piracy: The Captain's Guidebook
02 Feb 2013  Message to yachties from MSCHOA - Maritime Security Centre Horn Africa
21 Jan 2013  Somali pirate attacks wane, hope for yachts, but not soon
18 Jan 2013  Piracy Report - not a single yacht attacked in 2012
07 Jan 2013  Now Dad's Navy takes charge of pirate prevention
29 Oct 2012  Pirated sailors away on their dream sail
08 Oct 2012  Indian Ocean 'High Risk Area': Sailing yachts urged to stay away
MORE STORIES ...

News - USA and the World







Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Final race to decide champion by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,








Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do by Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show,




Volvo Ocean Race: Update from Team Vestas Wind in images by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz,








Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Classic Garda conditions on day 2 by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
























Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,
















Transatlantic Race - Fleet expanded for 2015 edition
IFDS World Championship overall
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi finishes second - Extreme Sailing Series
2014 18' Skiff International Regatta - Day 2
2014 Audi Melges 20 World Championship - It's go time in Garda
2nd Annual Keith Dinsmoor Regatta September 13-14
Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing
PWA Alacati World Cup - First blood to Van Der Steen and Offringa
Oakcliff Sailing hosts the Nacra 17, 49er and 49erFX Nationals + Video
International 18ft Skiff Regatta underway on San Francisco Bay
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup 2014 - Quality fleet for Maxi Classic
Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club?
Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta
Extreme Sailing Series: The Wave, Muscat claims victory on Cardiff Bay
International 14 World Championships 2015: Not just for boys
Rio de Janeiro achieves 50% treatment of sewage outflow *Feature
2014 AWT Quatro Desert Showdown - Event memorable videos
2014 18' Skiff Int Regatta: Day 1 at San Francisco - Reversal on beach
Emirates Team NZ: Last race boost cannot save team from table bottom
PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!   
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar   
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay   
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club   
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes   
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins   
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016   
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing   
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes   
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3   
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions   
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff   
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind   
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five   
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL WAS US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT