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03 March 2020 – reports for concentration of fishing vessels, in the vicinity of Point Bravo, IRTC

UKMTO have received reports of a concentration of fishing vessels (some unmanned) in vicinity of 1418.06N 05229.18E (Point Bravo of the IRTC).

UPDTAE 01: INCIDENT

A Merchant Vessel in Posn. 1418.06N 05229.18E. (in Vicinity Point Bravo of the IRTC)  at 1020utc on 3rd March was closed by 3 small craft.

1 of the craft was unmanned and approached the vessel to extreme close quarters.

The Vessel followed BMP5 procedures and all of the small craft withdrew.

UPDATE 02: INCIDENT

This approach caused no damage, nor were any crew members injured. The Merchant Vessel and crew are safe.

The early indications are that the unmanned craft was probably remote controlled.

The details of the incident remains under investigation.

VESSELS TRANSITING THE AREA ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE CAUTION