Ships Advised to Increase Vigilance in Gulf, Western Indian Ocean After Possible Military Strike

Increase Vigilance in Gulf

22nd April 2024

Report : Ships urged to be more vigilant in Gulf, Western Indian Ocean due to potential military strike.

Merchant vessels transiting the Gulf and Western Indian Ocean have been urged to heighten their vigilance following reports of increased uncrewed aerial vehicle (UAV) activity in the region. The advisory comes amidst unconfirmed reports of a recent Israeli military strike on Isfahan, Iran.

British maritime security firm Ambrey issued the warning on Friday, citing intelligence suggesting a potential connection between the UAV activity and the reported strike. While the United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) agency acknowledged similar reports, they emphasized the lack of evidence suggesting commercial vessels are potential targets.

This development underscores the ongoing tensions in the region, particularly concerning Iran’s nuclear program and its relationship with Israel. The potential for further military action and the resulting risks for civilian shipping necessitate heightened awareness.

Western Indian Ocean

Increased UAV Activity Raises Concerns

While the specific nature of the UAV activity remains unclear, the presence of drones in a volatile region like the Gulf presents a significant concern. Merchant vessels lack the defensive capabilities often found on military warships, making them vulnerable to potential attacks.

“The rise of UAVs has significantly altered the threat landscape at sea,” says Captain Michael Jones, a maritime security expert. “These drones can be difficult to detect and even harder to defend against. It’s crucial for commercial ships to be extra vigilant and follow the latest security advisories.”

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Heightened Vigilance for Merchant Vessels

The following recommendations have been issued to merchant vessels operating in the Gulf and Western Indian Ocean:

  • Maintain a heightened state of awareness and actively monitor the surrounding area using radar and other surveillance systems.
  • Report any suspicious activity, including UAV sightings, to regional maritime authorities immediately.
  • Implement additional security measures onboard, such as increased watch rotations and stricter access control procedures.
  • Regularly review and update emergency response plans in case of an incident.

International Community Urged to De-escalate

The recent developments highlight the need for a diplomatic resolution to regional tensions. International organizations and regional powers must work together to de-escalate the situation and ensure the safety of civilian vessels traversing these vital shipping lanes.


The potential for further military action and the presence of UAVs pose a significant threat to commercial shipping in the Gulf and Western Indian Ocean. Increased vigilance from both maritime authorities and ship crews is crucial to ensure the safety of civilian vessels in the region. International cooperation remains essential to de-escalate tensions and maintain the free flow of goods through these critical waterways.

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