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Beware of “soft” approaches

(BRUSSELS2) This is a new pirate technique, detected by maritime coalitions operating in the Indian Ocean: the “soft approach”. A seemingly harmless skiff approaches a merchant ship. He tests “ crew response and reactivity » and above all checking that an on-board protection team is on board. If there is no response, the friendly “fisherman” skiff turns into a pirate, and is boarded, with reinforcements arriving by a second skiff. The interest is obvious for the sea bandits: not to board for nothing, " save ammunition as personnel, multiplying the chances of success » as explained by an officer specializing in the fight against piracy. NATO Maritime HQ has therefore issued a warning against this type of approach, also recommending that a clear distinction be made with fishing boats, which are numerous in certain areas, notably in the Red Sea near the Bal el Manded Strait. , or near India. These fishing boats often approach merchant ships to maximize opportunities to catch fish or place themselves under the protection of ships “, it is thus specified.

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).