January 10, 2012
Piracy Report Update 1
The Somali-pirated M/T LIQUID VELVET is currently underway off the coast of Somalia on a north/northeast course possibly heading towards the Gulf of Aden. The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) believes pirates with weapons and an attack skiff are aboard the vessel. Early this morning, the vessel made a brief stop, then shifted course to 074. It was last noted to be proceeding at 6.8 kts on this course.
At this time, ONI cannot confirm if this vessel is moving to another pirate anchorage or is transiting out to sea (Gulf of Aden or Arabian Sea) to conduct pirate attacks with the M/T LIQUID VELVET as a mothership.
Regardless, mariners are advised to remain vigilant with their counter-piracy measures and be on the look out for this vessel. Report any abnormal circumstances or events per best management practices.
The attached link has a picture of the M/T LIQUID VELVET to enhance your situational awareness: