A French luxury yacht sailing off the coast of Somalia was boarded by pirates, who reportedly took the 32-person crew hostage. (Story: K.Chabour, K.Spencer)
Pirates in the waters off the coast of
The Ponant, a 32-cabin yacht belonging to a subsidiary of French company CMA-CGM was in the
“This is an act of calculated piracy,” declared French PM François Fillon from
French Minister of the Interior Hervé Morin declared that a helicopter “went to verify the situation and stated that it was an incident of piracy as indicated by the ship’s captain. The vessel is now being followed by an Aviso ship from the navy.”
The French government has initiated the “sea pirate plan”, that organises the “mobilisation of all resources available in the area”, the Prime Minister’s services specified.
One of the most dangerous seas in the world
“It is one of the most dangerous seas in the world in terms of piracy,” states Emmanuel
A group of organised pirates developed in
“It’s a powerful sea mafia,” says Olivier Hallaoui from French maritime security company Secopex. “They have GPS systems, modern means of communication and heavy weapons.” However, according to commander Prazuck, no shots were fired during the attack on the Ponant.
With acts of piracy on the increase in Somalian waters, the International Maritime Office that manages the Anti-piracy Centre in Kuala-Lumpur has recommended ships to stay at least 200 nautical miles (370km) away from the coast.
Date created : 2008-04-04