RFA tanker Brambleleaf has picked up the survivors of a blazing dhow in the Arabian Gulf.
If you come in by air you land at nearby Manda Island, from where you take a dhow or ferry.
The dhow was sinking around 40 miles from land between Sumatra and Malaysia in the Malacca Strait.
Night had fallen by the time the frigate reached the dhow , and the ship's boarding party was greeted by a very relieved crew of fishermen.
Team members yell out to the crew in Arabic as they come alongside and the dhow 's crew responds by hanging a rope ladder over the side.
Another popular craft is the production of dhows , boats made of wood, according to a traditional design that does not use metal nails.
With large fleets of small fishing dhows clustered around the edges of the exclusion zones, Somerset's ship's company must remain alert to what is happening in particularly sensitive areas.
From junks to dhows , clippers to cruise liners, humble riverboats to awesome battlefleets, this is the definitive chronicle of great vessels, legendary journeys, and heroic seafarers.
Across the bay, nestling alongside traditional Arabian wooden boats, or dhows , is the Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior.
Argyll has challenged 150 ships in all, and boardings varied from small dhows to large container ships.