El buque español Galicia Spirit ha sido víctima de un ataque terrorista cuando navegaba frente las costas de Yemen, en aguas del Golfo Pérsico. El Galicia Spirit esta abanderado en Canarias, pero pertenece a la naviera británica Teekay Shipping, pero

El Galicia Spirit esta abanderado en Canarias, pero pertenece a la naviera británica Teekay Shipping, pero está fletado por la empresa española Unión Fenosa.

El buque navegaba desde el puerto de Ras Laffan, en los Emiratos Árabes Unidos hacia el puerto egipcio de



A bordo del gasero viajaban varios marinos españoles que formaban parte de la dotación del barco.

El barco fue atacado con dispararos efectuados desde un esquife con lanzagranadas.  Los impactos sufridos en el casco han producido un boquete de considerables  dimensiones, pero no se han registrado daños personales a la dotación. Tras el ataque el Galicia Spirit fue escoltado por un buque  de       guerra.

A bordo del esquife según las mismas fuentes, había una gran cantidad de explosivos, suficientes para haber causado un gran boquete en el casco.


Original report:

Source: UKMTO / NYA

Date: 25 October 2016, 1026 UTC


Description: A merchant tanker was approached by a small boat and the occupants fired an RPG at the vessel, the damage is unknown at this time. All crew are safe and the vessel has continued with her passage.

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The vessel attacked was the LNG Carrier Galicia Spirit.


Although reports are still sketchy it seems that the latest attacks are on the vessel themselves to cause damage whether by terrorist groups or paramilitary groups it is more likely that the vessel will be targeted around the hull or cargo.


 The purpose of these attacks are probably terrorist which is why they have targeted a prestigious target such as an LNG Carrier, which is generally out of the reach of pirates due to the speed and general structure of the vessel, also the cargo is too complicated to store for long periods as it needs fuel to remain cool and so ransom negotiations which would go on for many months would be cost prohibitive for the pirates.

 The use of RPG'S in an attack against a vessel in this shipping choke point is very worrying.


Crews are advised to maintain a good lookout by radar and enhanced watchkeepers, crew should take cover in pre designated areas away from the side of any threat if possible and be prepared to fight any fires caused by an exploding warhead.


Please see ASKET RPG Attack Guidelines - 'ROCKET ATTACK STARBOARD' 'TAKE COVER PORT' http://www.asket.co.uk/single-post/2016/10/27/RPG-Attack-Guidelines

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Terrorist Attack Against Merchant Ship - Yemen Gulf of Aden #marsec

November 4, 2016


ASKET Operations

Source: NYA International

Following an investigation into the incident against the Spanish registered LNG tanker GALICIA SPIRIT Teekay has announced that the skiff that engaged the vessel was carrying “substantial amount of explosives”.

The intention of the attackers is unknown but the “explosives would have been sufficient to have caused significant damage to the vessel. It appears, however, that when the skiff was approximately 20 meters from the vessel, the explosives detonated, destroying the skiff and ending the attack”.

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(The original source quoted was UKMTO, this is incorrect)




The damage or destruction of an LPG or LNG vessel such as this in such a strategic area for sea borne commerce would be a 'spectacular' sending shock waves across the world.

Vessels transiting high risk areas will generally have ship hardening measures in place to deter a boarding by pirates, such as Razor Wire around deck edges and railings, fire hoses that disrupt small craft trying to get alongside and a citadel (a safe room) pre-prepared with communications and emergency supplies for the crew to hide out and await military rescue.  Advice is provided to the industry in BMP 4 (Best Management Practices 4).


However ships companies will need to review measures to take in case of a directed attack from a small boat crewed by persons intent on their goal and laden with explosives.


ASKET are reviewing and happy to provide free advice on a case by case basis.


Due to the nature of the cargo, Gas Carriers are very well built and the inherent safety features are substantial. They are built with a double steel hull forming a void space between of around 3 metres. On LNG carriers the outer walls of the tanks are made of concrete and the inner tank of high alloy steel with a space between filled with insulation material protecting the liquefied gas inside.

There is always a danger of a follow on explosion if the hull and containers are breached by an Terrorist Bomb.

The devastation that a bomb packed into a small boat used against a larger vessel can cause was proven when on 6 October 2002, the Limburg was carrying crude oil from Iran to Malaysia, was rammed by suicide bombers in explosives-laden dinghy into the starboard side of the tanker.

pon detonation the vessel caught fire and approximately 90,000 barrels (14,000 m3) of oil leaked into the Gulf of Aden.


Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attack. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who allegedly also planned the USS Cole bombing, is thought to have been the mastermind of the attack. Osama bin Laden issued a statement, which read:


By exploding the oil tanker in Yemen, the holy warriors hit the umbilical cord and lifeline of the crusader community, reminding the enemy of the heavy cost of blood and the gravity of losses they will pay as a price for their continued aggression on our community and looting of our wealth.

 The USS Cole was struck in Aden Harbour, Yemen on 12 October 2000.


400 to 700 pounds 180 to 320 kg (Around) of explosive were used, causing substantial damage and the deaths of .Seventeen American sailors and 39 injured.

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Shipping warned over escalation of attacks in southern Red Sea



Shipping warned over escalation of attacks in southern Red Sea



Ambrey Risk, a UK security consultancy, is warning of a step change in violence seen in waters in the southern Red Sea in the past month. With three instances of skiffs approaching three ships in the past month, including one where an RPG was fired at an LNG carrier resulting in damage to the poop deck and citadel, the British firm is warning pirates in the region are stepping up activities further ashore with a view to boarding larger ships.


“There has been a step change in the use of violence offshore in the region over the past month.


Although much of this has been focused in the southern Red Sea, there is reason to believe the Gulf of Aden and Somali Basin will face similar exposure in the near term,” Ambrey Risk said in a note to clients today.


There are distinct reasons for the incidents in the southern Red Sea and Somali Basin, Ambrey Risk noted.


First, political manoeuvres on the part of the Saudi-led coalition intervention in Yemen has elevated the importance of the strategically sensitive Bab el Mandeb. The government opposition, the Zaydi-Shia al-Houthi backed by Iran, are vying to break a stalemate in the protracted war, which has been felt most acutely in the coastal Taiz and al-Hudaydah provinces. The recent Houthi strike against a UAE-chartered vessel working on behalf of the Saudi coalition garnered an indiscriminate retaliation by the Saudi forces and with it, scrutiny from the international community. It was therefore, a successful play on the part of the Houthi opposition. While a repeat strike against military assets is now less likely following US precision targeting of Houthi installations, proxy sympathisers of the Houthi movement can deliver in kind and embarrass the Saudi coalition, by striking commercial fleets.


In all likelihood, the attack on the LNG tanker was overseen by the Houthi, Ambrey Risk maintained, but perpetrated by those such as the al-Tihamma community, who have their own interest in siding with the opposition; in the past, the al-Tihamma have said they will take their fight offshore in order to press home their demands for greater autonomy. The second approach on the morning of 25 October was in all probability by the same group.


Second, the hijacked Omani-flagged fishing vessel Naham 3 was recently released for a reported payment of a little under $58,000 per crewmember, after four and a half years in captivity.


“It is likely that the Pirate Action Group responsible remained passive during this time, in order to ensure the negotiations were not derailed. However, the fee secured for the 26 crew members of the Naham 3 is unlikely to limit their return to organised crime. As there are now no seafarers held hostage as a result of this particular period of Somali piracy, the cupboards are bare and the prospects slim. The recent armed approach at such a significant range from shore is more than likely a bid to identify a valuable asset that can be boarded; the approaching skiff only distanced itself from the general cargo vessel after a series of escalatory measures were carried out by the embarked maritime security team,” the consultancy concluded.