Posted by: africanpressorganization | 18 November 2009

Alakrana released and heading for safe harbour in Seychelles





Alakrana released and heading for safe harbour in Seychelles



VICTORIA, Mahé, November 18, 2009/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The High Level Committee on Piracy has been informed today that the Alakrana, the Spanish fishing vessel that was being held by Somali pirates, has been released with all crew safe and sound.
Following a request by the Spanish government, Port Victoria has offered safe harbor to the released vessel.  The release of the vessel marks the end of protracted negotiations led by the Spanish government in coordination with other partners for the release of the vessel and its crew.  The vessel is expected to arrive in Victoria in the early evening of Thursday 19th November 2009.
The Seychelles will also be welcoming home one of its own nationals, Wilson Pillate, who was working aboard the Alakrana.  President Michel has sent a message expressing his joy at the release of the last of the Seychellois hostages being held in Somalia.
“There is no greater joy than families reunited, and I join the Seychellois people in expressing our relief as well as our support for Wilson Pillate and his family.  The fight against piracy is a long and arduous one.  Seychelles is playing its part as the hub of the anti-piracy effort in the Indian Ocean, and we will be pleased to welcome the Alakrana to Victoria shortly”, said President Michel.
The President also expressed his thanks and support to the Spanish government for their perseverance and dedication while leading the negotiations for the release.

Republic of Seychelles – Office of the President


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