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Friday, 24 March 2023 12:10 GMT

Oil tanker reports suspicious approach off Oman's coast

(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) A Bahamas-flagged oil tanker reported that two skiffs (craft traditionally used by Somali pirates) approached their vessel on November 8, approximately 30 nautical miles off the Oman coast, according to OCEANUSLive piracy monitoring centre.

The skiffs approached at high speed to within 100m, forcing the oil tanker's embarked armed security team to display their weapons at which point the suspicious craft fell back. A total of seven persons could be seen on the two skiffs. The incident lasted for around 30 minutes.

Attacks by Somali pirates on merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden, Sea of Oman, and Arabian Sea have reduced in the past year due to increased patrols by international naval forces and armed guards on vessels.

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