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Suspected Somalia pirates held and transferred to Seychelles | Coastweek

ROTA Spain -- EU NAVFOR Somalia 'Operation Atalanta' have transferred five suspect Somalia pirates to Seychellois authorities after responding to piracy attacks on 21 April. Two of the suspects were likely wounded during piracy attempts. They were transported in Spanish flagship ESPS Navarra to Seychellois authorities in accordance with a transfer agreement between the Seychelles and the European Union. PHOTOS - EUNAVFOR

Five suspected Somalia pirates are arrested at sea by
EU NAVFOR and transferred for Seychelles remand

ROTA Spain -- EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta have transferred five suspects to Seychellois authorities after responding to piracy attacks on 21 April.

Spanish flagship ESPS Navarra transported the five suspected pirates to Seychelles on the afternoon of 25 April.

The suspects have now been transferred to Seychellois authorities in accordance with a transfer agreement between the Seychelles and the European Union.
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Operation Atalanta has requested medical assistance from the Seychellois authorities upon ESPS Navarra’s arrival for two of the suspects, who were likely wounded during piracy attempts.

EU NAVFOR has confirmed that on 21 April, suspected pirates seized a Yemeni fishing dhow in the Indian Ocean off the central Somali coast.

The suspects then proceeded to attack the fishing vessels FV Adria and FV Txori Argi.

The masters, crews, and private security teams on board both vessels applied Best Management Practices (BMP) measures and avoided the attack.

It is understood that the suspects executed the subsequent attacks while using the Yemeni dhow as a mothership.

On 21 April, EU NAVFOR dispatched its German and Spanish Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircrafts to search the area.

In addition, EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Navarra left the port in Mombasa in order to proceed to the area.

On 23 April, ESPS NAVARA successfully intercepted and boarded the dhow, resulting in the release of 23 Yemeni hostages.

EU NAVFOR remains committed to deterring, preventing and suppressing piracy and emphasizes that the Maritime Industry must adhere to BMP measures in order to maximize the safety of the ship and their crews whilst transiting the high-risk area.

  Suspected Somalia pirates held and transferred to Seychelles | Coastweek

ROTA Spain -- EU NAVFOR has confirmed that suspected Somalia pirates seized a Yemeni fishing dhow in the Indian Ocean off the central Somali coast. The suspects then proceeded to attack the fishing vessels FV Adria and FV Txori Argi. PHOTO - EUNAVFOR

Suspected Somalia pirates held and transferred to Seychelles | Coastweek

ROTA Spain -- Boarding party from ESPS NAVARA successfully intercepted and boarded the dhow, resulting in the release of 23 Yemeni hostages. PHOTO - EUNAVFOR
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EU NAVFOR relies on the regional legal framework to enable a comprehensive legal prosecution of suspects of piracy.
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EARLIER REPORTS:

Somalia Operation Atalanta successfully responded to a piracy incident

ROTA Spain -- Early on 23 April, EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta successfully responded to a piracy incident that transpired over the course of the four previous days.

The incident began on 19 April, when five suspected pirates captured a Yemeni dhow off the coast of Somalia.

The pirates proceeded to navigate the along the coast, where they visited a pirate basecamp and reinforced their crew with additional members.

Two days later on 21 April, the pirates attacked the Korean fishing vessel Adria with the dhow acting as a mothership in the Indian Ocean some 280 nautical miles off the coast of Somalia.

FV Adria started to conduct evasive manoeuvres and increased its speed.

The Spanish Fishing Vessel Txori Argi was operating in the vicinity and proceeded to assist the FV Adria as she continued to be chased by the skiffs.

After approximately one hour, both vessels were approached by the skiffs and fired upon with what was believed to be a rocket propelled grenade.

The Private Armed Security Teams (PAST) on board the FV Adria and the FV Txori Argi responded, and the skiffs retreated.

That same day, another Fishing Vessel, FV Shin Shuen Far 889, also reported having been approached by two skiffs, which both retreated when the PAST on board revealed their weapons.

On 21 April, EU NAVFOR dispatched its Maritime Patrol Aircrafts (MPRAs) and conducted a search in the area, resulting in identifying the mothership.

On 23 April, in collaboration with its MPRAs, EU NAVFOR’s flagship ESPS NAVARRA successfully intercepted and boarded the captured dhow vessel.

EU NAVFOR apprehended five suspected pirates, and the 23 hostages aboard the hijacked FV Al Azham were released unharmed.

With the support of the PAST and EU NAVFOR’s various active assets in the region—including the frigate ESPS NAVARRA and MPRAs German JESTER and Spanish CISNE —Operation Atalanta was able to control the situation and prevent any further imminent attacks.

This incident is the first notable piracy event since October of last year.

The Force Headquarters (FHQ) piloted the operation under the command of the Operation Headquarters (OHQ) in Rota, just three weeks after the operation hand over from Northwood, United Kingdom.

"This incident clearly demonstrates that piracy and armed robbery at sea, off the coast of Somalia, has not been eradicated," said Operation Commander Rear Admiral Antonio Martorell.

"The need for a strong maritime security presence in the High-Risk Area remains critical for the deterrence and prevention of future incidents and attacks."

EU NAVFOR urges the Maritime Industry to remain vigilant across the High-Risk Area and to comply with recommended Best Management Practises, as supported by the Maritime Security Centre Horn of Africa located in Brest.
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Piracy attacks were thwarted, and the crew and vessels remained safe off the coast of Somalia

ROTA Spain -- On 21 April, fishing vessels FV Adria and FV Txori Argi were attacked by suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, 280 NM off the coast of Somalia.

The piracy attacks were thwarted, and the crew and vessels remained safe, thanks to the application of Best Management Practices (BMP) protection measures by the Masters, the crews and the private security teams embarked on both fishing vessels.

EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta confirms these attacks.

It is likely that the attacks were facilitated by a mothership, which was reportedly seized by armed men on 19 April off the central Somali Coast.

EU NAVFOR subsequently dispatched its Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircrafts to search the area.

In addition, EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Navarra left the port in Mombasa in order to proceed into the area.

On 23 April, ESPS NAVARA successfully intercepted and boarded the dhow being used as a mothership.

The operation is still ongoing, and more details will be provided upon completion.

EU NAVFOR remains committed to deterring, preventing and suppressing piracy and emphasizes that the Maritime Industry must adhere to BMP measures in order to maximize the safety of the ship and their crews whilst transiting the high-risk area.
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FURTHER READING:

After pirate attack off Somalia, judge orders that five suspects are held in Seychelles

Somalia Piracy Threat: Maritime stakeholders should not become
complacent and continue to be vigilant across the High Risk Area

Counter Piracy Programmes: United Nations Regional Office on Drugs and Crime

           

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