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Seychelles Update on Piracy

By Sue Richards last modified Jun 09, 2009 08:26 PM

Published: 2009-06-09 20:26:40
Topics: Piracy Reports 2009
Countries: Seychelles

We are now back in the Seychelles and can give you an update on the piracy situation here.

The Somali pirates are no longer operating in Seychelles waters. One reason given is that the SE trade winds have now set in. Presumably the wind and swell makes it difficult for them to approach and board their victims. Another reason must be the presence of NATO warships. There were 3 in Port Victoria last week.

Yachts have been leaving the Seychelles for some time now, mostly heading east or south and reaching their destinations without any piracy problems. The authorities tell us that it is now safe to sail throughout Seychelles waters (including the outer islands) and to make passages out in all directions. Of course, the usual caution applies regarding the coast of Somalia and Gulf of Aden.

There are now very few foreign-flagged yachts in Port Victoria so there's plenty of room for a few more. Anyone coming should be aware that there have been a number of thefts in recent weeks, from yachts in the old port and anchorage on the north side of Eden island. Wallets and electronic equipment have been stolen, sometimes when the crew have been sleeping on board.

Rachel Chandler
S/Y Lynn Rival

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