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Old 23-05-2015, 09:09   #121
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One more possible solution is to extend your motoring range with extra diesel for the Red Sea. It's not hard to build a custom pallet that will securely carry a pair of 55 gallon drums on deck. Or you could purchase blivets and keep the fuel below. What would 100 extra gallons of fuel do for your max range? Racing boats coming back from Hawaii (and other deliveries) do this quite often to extend their motoring range.
Well, this may be a solution which will make it less likely that you will need actually to put into a port, provided that your engine itself keeps functioning etc. but if you watched the above linked interviews and consider the implication of AQAP's taking of many ports and a major port city, plus whole governates in Yemen, you will realise that the problem is more particularly the significantly increased flow of arms and militants, including terrorists loyal to the most violent and anti Western wing of Al Qaeda, ACROSS the Gulf of Aden . If you listened carefully to the testimony of the Yemeni political commentator (and please remember that his broadcast on this matter from Sana'a is risking his own life!), you would realise that ALREADY this increased flow has amounted to TANKS and HEAVY WEAPONS being shipped across the gulf to Puntland/Somalia. He attests UNEQUIVOCALLY that this significant escalation of smuggling will include a flow of combatant members of this global terror organisation, sufficient to pose a threat to the region as a whole.

It is the possibility, recently dramatically increased, of running into such as these which should be uppermost in your mind if you are deciding to make this transit. All the fuel in the world on deck or below it won't help very much if you should encounter such a vessel, and it decides (not unreasonably) to see you as as a target of opportunity. After all, why wouldn't they?
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Old 23-05-2015, 10:36   #122
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Re: Piracy In Gulf of Aden

Not to stir the pot, but there is a lot of interesting information on the NATO site.

http://www.shipping.nato.int/Pages/P...tatistics.aspx

It looks like piracy is way down to nonexistent in the past year, which supports the choice of those who venture to the Red Sea. On the other hand, I take NATO's warning to private vessels to heart. Personally, I would not feel comfortable taking the Red Sea route just yet, but it appears much safer than it was just a few years ago. Fortunately, I am not even tempted, as I would hate to miss Southern Africa.
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I am reminded of the oft used caveat:

"past performance is not an indicator of future results"

In this case it would seem that data from 12-18 months ago should not be the only consideration given the situation on the ground is changing rapidly.
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Old 23-05-2015, 13:33   #124
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Not to stir the pot, but there is a lot of interesting information on the NATO site.

http://www.shipping.nato.int/Pages/P...tatistics.aspx

It looks like piracy is way down to nonexistent in the past year, which supports the choice of those who venture to the Red Sea. On the other hand, I take NATO's warning to private vessels to heart. Personally, I would not feel comfortable taking the Red Sea route just yet, but it appears much safer than it was just a few years ago. Fortunately, I am not even tempted, as I would hate to miss Southern Africa.
While this fact is largely to do with large ship strategy of defence, including shipping armed escorts in fortified positions, high pressure water jets, etc., as well as the sharp decline in number of small leisure craft transiting, once again may I point out that THIS IS ENTIRELY BESIDE THE POINT. What has changed, in the past few months, is the civil war in YEMEN.
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Old 23-05-2015, 23:27   #125
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It has been brought to my attention that the Al Jazeera in depth report with interviews with Kenyan, Somalian and Yemeni analysts may not be visible from certain parts of the world. Here is the same interview and analysis programme mirrored on Youtube which should be visible to all:

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Re: Piracy In Gulf of Aden

mikereed1000, and everybody,

What we are doing here is not understanding the effects of civil wars in countries. This is not about piracy so much as deep international conflicts among desperate and violent peoples. A different ball game entirely, wherein some of the people of the west assume superiority, and our enemies entirely detest us. Our assumption that we will be safe and/or protected, if we go there, is unwarranted and foolish.

Muckle Flugga stated it well: "It is the possibility, recently dramatically increased, of running into such as these which should be uppermost in your mind if you are deciding to make this transit. All the fuel in the world on deck or below it won't help very much if you should encounter such a vessel, and it decides (not unreasonably) to see you as as a target of opportunity. After all, "why wouldn't they?

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See this?

Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean? — Noonsite

My family and I are evaluating doing the Langkawi-Djibouti route next January. Please send me an email to Jamesu (at) outlook.com if you are doing the same.

I've read and fully understand all of the viewpoints expressed on the thread. Thanks for the discussion.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Sophie's Choice.
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Is it safe to cross the Indian Ocean and transit the Red Sea to the Mediterranean? — Noonsite

My family and I are evaluating doing the Langkawi-Djibouti route next January. Please send me an email to Jamesu (at) outlook.com if you are doing the same.

I've read and fully understand all of the viewpoints expressed on the thread. Thanks for the discussion.
Sophies Choice, welcome to CF!

Thanks for the link.

Very surprisingly, given the fact that this article was "updated" on the 21st May, the author completely fails to take note of the civil war in Yemen, and indeed does not even mention Yemen! Please do take care, and I am glad that you have at least taken notice of the fact that one of the world's most anti Western and violent terrorist organisation now controls many ports close along the very route you are contemplating… with your children? Also did you watch the video interviews linked above? Did you notice the fact that Djibouti is included in the list of states likely to be affected by the rise of AQAP in the region?
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Invest in 2 metres of plastic drain tube.. 2" diameter.. cap one end and drill a small hole 6" above the base... tamp some wadding down then load with pig entrails.. insert hairspray can nozzle in small hole and fill... then apply flame..aim at boat approaching and fire.. next shot include note in language Somali.. whatever saying its Pig..
They'll be outa there quicker than **** off a shovel..
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I have sailed from Malaysia to Djibouti solo and then up the Red Sea started in January this year absolutely no problem at all all the shipping have armed guards aboard and the pirates know this so for me it was an easy trip except not enough wind across the Arabian Sea plenty of wind in the Red Sea, that's my 2bobs worth.
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An update on this: while ostensible "control" of Aden now lies in the hands of troops from the UAE, it appears that this control is tenuous at best and is allowing steady infiltration of the city by hardline Islamist militants of the AQAP and ISIS:

Has Yemen war handed Aden to jihadists? - BBC News
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Also... the Somali's are restless again... with the IF Navies clearing things up to a certain extent the large commercial fishing boats are back and raiding the rich fish stocks in Somali waters.. no bugger stopping them lot..
Corporate Piracy is okay if you fly the 'Right Flag'.
Likely it won't return to the large scale of the past but you can bet they'll be happy to grab the odd yacht when/if they get the chance.. Puntland aint got nothing else..
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Also... the Somali's are restless again... with the IF Navies clearing things up to a certain extent the large commercial fishing boats are back and raiding the rich fish stocks in Somali waters.. no bugger stopping them lot..
Corporate Piracy is okay if you fly the 'Right Flag'.
Likely it won't return to the large scale of the past but you can bet they'll be happy to grab the odd yacht when/if they get the chance.. Puntland aint got nothing else..
Hi there Boatman… though I have some sympathy with what you say: this isn't about the Somalis.
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Hi there Boatman… though I have some sympathy with what you say: this isn't about the Somalis.
Fair enough I'll piss off and leave you to it..
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