UNITED NATIONS New
York (Xinhua) -- Yury Fedotov, head of
the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on Tuesday called on
the international community to remain vigilant and work in
partnership against a backdrop of increasing attacks by Somali
pirates on commercial shipping.
UN spokesman Stephane
Dujarric told reporters here that "following a five-year lull,
there has been a resurgence of attacks by Somali pirates on
In the wake of three recent attacks, Fedotov called on the
international community to be vigilant, work in close
partnership, and hold the pirates accountable, the spokesman
"Large parts of the Somali coast remain beyond the reach of
law enforcement authorities," he said.
"UNODC stressed that ships should continue to follow the
advice of navies and the International Maritime Organization
(IMO)," he said.
"UNODC continues to support both trials of piracy suspects in
the region and the Somali maritime law enforcement agencies,"
"Its Global Maritime Crime Program addresses all aspects of
maritime crime, including terrorism, human trafficking,
narcotics smuggling and hostage-taking."
EU NAVFOR Reinforces Need
for Vigilance at Sea Following
Recent Pirating of Indian Cargo Dhow off Somali Coast
EU NAVFOR --
Following the pirating of an Indian registered
cargo dhow off the coast of Somalia on Saturday 1 April 2017, EU
NAVFOR once again reiterates the need for vigilance to all ships
transiting the piracy high risk area.
Vessels are strongly recommended to adhere to self-protection
measures laid down in the Best Management Practices 4 (BMP4) and
to report any suspicious sightings to the UK’s Maritime Trade
Operations (UKMTO) centre.
EU NAVFOR’s Spanish maritime patrol aircraft has over flown
the dhow, which is being held at anchor less than two miles from
the coast near to Hobyo in Galmadug.
Despite several attempts to communicate via VHF radio, EU
NAVFOR has not been able to speak to the crew.
It is not clear if a ransom has been demanded for the
The pirating of the Indian dhow comes just three weeks after
the fuel tanker, Aris 13, was held for four days by armed
Whilst not yet confirmed, EU NAVFOR is also investigating
reports of another potential piracy incident with a dhow off the
coast of Galmadug on Monday 3 April 2017.
Further updates will follow once more is known.
EU NAVFOR warships and maritime patrol aircraft are
continuing their counter-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden and
EU Naval Force Confirms
Indian Dhow Seized By Pirates Off Coast Of Somalia
EU NAVFOR --
EU Naval Force can confirm that an Indian
registered cargo dhow was seized by suspected pirates on 01
April and is now in the vicinity of Hobyo, Somalia.
An EU Naval Force maritime patrol aircraft has confirmed the
exact location of the dhow and has attempted to establish radio
communications but without success.
Investigations and operations are ongoing. Further updates
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