Piracy attack reported of the coast of Somalia
Mareeg.com-Yemeni hostages safely released after four days.
Rota, 23 April 2019— On 21 April, fishing vessels FV Adria and FV Txori Argi were attacked by
suspected pirates in the Indian Ocean, 280 NM off the coast of Somalia. The piracy attacks were
thwarted, and the crew and vessels remained safe, thanks to the application of Best Management
Practices (BMP) protection measures by the Masters, the crews and the private security teams
embarked on both fishing vessels.
EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta confirms these attacks. It is likely that the attacks were
facilitated by a mothership, which was reportedly seized by armed men on 19 April off the central
EU NAVFOR subsequently dispatched its Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Aircrafts to search the
area. In addition, EU NAVFOR flagship ESPS Navarra left the port in Mombasa in order to proceed
into the area.
On 23 April, ESPS NAVARA successfully intercepted and boarded the dhow being used as a
The operation is still ongoing, and more details will be provided upon completion.
EU NAVFOR remains committed to deterring, preventing and suppressing piracy and emphasizes
that the Maritime Industry must adhere to BMP measures in order to maximize the safety of the
ship and their crews whilst transiting the high-risk area.
For more information, please contact:
Spokesperson – EU NAVFOR Somalia Operation Atalanta