Seychelles: Latest Piracy News - Updated
Information received 9 November 2011
A further update (to the report below) - it now appears that for the time being the Seychelles port authorities are refusing to give clearance documents unless a yacht is carrying not less than two security guards.
I cannot guarantee the authenticity of this requirement except to say that the departure of my yacht is being delayed until we can get this situation sorted out. The cost for two security guards per day is about $2,500. There is then the issue of what happens to their weapons at the port of disembarkation.
Presently two security guards who escorted a yacht to the Maldives are being refused permisssion to unload their weapons in Male.
It might be advisable for yachts to avoid the Seychelles for the time being as it could be difficult to leave again.
Information received 7 November 2011
The Seychelles government is taking the piracy problem very seriously. They should do as their economy is suffering as a direct result. Tourism is down, charter yachts are standing idle and there is a ban on cruising to the outer northern islands.
Leaving by yacht from the Seychelles can be a tricky business. Permission to leave must first be obtained from the port authorities and will only be granted if there has been no pirate activity reported. Heading anywhere north is definitley a no-no.
Our flight plan was south to Mauritius and as the south east wind was still blowing (which apparently keeps the pirates closer to the mainland) we were given permission to leave.
Someone had mentioned to us that we would probably get an escort, but we assumed that this was an exageration. Imagine our surprise when a stange looking vessel approaching turned out to be a submarine which shadowed us for a couple of hours as we left Mahe - now that's taking things seriously.
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