Reported hijack in Arabian Sea – Maritime Security Alert: 5 March 2012

Breaking News, Piracy and Terrorism — By on March 5, 2012 at 9:35 AM

A maritime security alert has been issued for the Arabian Sea after a merchant vessel, MV Royal Grace, was reportedly hijacked in position 21:27N – 062:37E approximately 150NM off Oman on 2 March.

The hijack was only confirmed after the vessel communicated with the owners stating her position on 4 March. Her last known position was 17:12N – 060:28E at 0255 local time on 4 March.

Operators are advised to proceed with extreme caution in the vicinity of the attack as the attack group could still be in the area, and more generally when transiting within 180-200NM off Oman’s southern coast which has seen an increase in pirate activity in recent weeks.

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