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Latest piracy news (November 7, 2011)

(BRUSSELS2) According to the latest report from Ecoterra, the Somali pirates only have 29 merchant ships left, to which must be added 18 smaller boats and 508 hostages. Results slightly lower at the anti-piracy headquarters of the European Union where we want to be more optimistic, 9 merchant ships held by the pirates and (approximately) 241 hostages.

Ships held by pirates (source: Eunavfor)

Pirate catchment areas

Pirate group dismantled off Tanzania

The German frigate FGS Köln, which operates as part of the European anti-piracy operation EUNAVFOR, foiled a pirate action group consisting of a whaler and a skiff on Friday (4 November) about 50 nautical miles offshore from the coast of Tanzania. They had previously been spotted by a French maritime patrol plane. The suspects threw all their equipment overboard and were arrested by the military. They were " transferred on board FGS KOELN and the two pirate ships sunk » specifies the European HQ. As for the fate of the suspects, it is not officially specified. But we can say that it is “business as usual”, that is to say immediate release.

The MV Blida released

The crew of 25 sailors of the MV Blida and their ship are free. After ten months of detention, he was released by Somali pirates on Thursday (November 3) in exchange for a ransom. The Somali media speak of $3,5 million. While the Algerian government denies any payment. On board there remained 17 Algerians, 6 Ukrainians, 2 Filipinos, 1 Jordanian and 1 Indonesian. An Algerian and a Ukrainian were released in October for humanitarian reasons. The ship was escorted back to the port of Mombasa.

13 pirates sentenced to prison in Oman

The Muscat Court of Appeal on Tuesday (November 1) sentenced 10 pirates to life in prison, and three others to 3 years in prison, in two different cases. The first had tried to take a ship anchored in the waiting area of ​​the port of Raysut. The latter had captured a boat carrying wood from Djibouti to use it as a mother ship. The pirates were then captured by the Oman coast guard.

Two attacks foiled by the navy Singaporean

The Singapore ship participating in the CTF 151 operation, the RSS Endeavor, foiled two successive attacks in the Arabian Sea south of Oman on Monday (November 1). The first concerned the Mv WBW Broker around 8 a.m., the merchant ship having alerted the British PC UKMTO that it was being chased by a suspicious skiff armed by 7 people. A ladder was visible on board, leaving no doubt about the intentions of the pursuers. The dispatch of a helicopter from RSS Endeavor and the merchant ship's evasive maneuvers help avoid capture. A few hours later, it's around another ship, the MV Elka Athina, which sails close to sound the alert. He signals to RSS Endeavor by the bridge radio that he is also being pursued, this time by a skiff of 5 people. The helicopter then spots the suspicious skiff which it identifies as having already been the author of attempted piracy attempts. The pirates give up pursuit and return to the mother ship. The attack skiff is then destroyed by the Endeavor helicopter, indicates the forces of Singapore.

The pirates abandon the skiff to go back to the mother ship (credit: CMF/CTF151)

Capturing the MT Liquid Velvet

A Greek tanker, flying the flag of the Marshall Islands, was captured by pirates on October 31 southeast of the Bab el Manded Strait, between Djibouti and Yemen (12 North: 45 East). With 22 crew members (21 Filipinos and 1 Greek), the vessel of nearly 12.000 tonnes of crude oil belongs to the Greek Elmira Tanker. He had on board an unarmed Greek guard working for an Australian security company, according to the site. gcaptain.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).