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Maritime surveillance: Suspicious fishing vessel apprehended by CGS Barracuda

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Maritime surveillance: Suspicious fishing vessel apprehended by CGS Barracuda

Captain Gupta stressed that the fishing boat and its nine crew members do not have a single documentation

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, Jan. 14, 2022/APO Group/ —

As part of the action of the National Coast Guard (NCG) in combating the illegal activities that are occurring in the Maritime Zone of Mauritius, the CGS Barracuda was deployed for surveillance in the northern part of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Mauritius for a couple of days. While patrolling the area, he apprehended a suspicious fishing vessel that was not flying any flag.

This announcement was made today by the NCG Commander, Captain Vipin Gupta, at Pier D in Port-Louis.

In his statement to the press, Captain Gupta stressed that the fishing boat and its nine crew members do not have a single documentation and therefore, at this time, it is impossible to know where they come from. The ship, he noted, was about 600 nautical miles north of Port-Louis when it was intercepted by CGS Barracuda.

He noted that no further details about the fishing vessel can be revealed as the matter is still under investigation. He underlined that there are many issues that are suspicious regarding the fishing vessel and expressed his hope that the investigation will provide information and details about the illegal activities taking place in Mauritian waters.

This operation, Capt. Gupta stressed, shows what a large ship like the CGS Barracuda can do, such as sailing the high seas for a long period of time and stopping suspicious ships. He further recalled that the NCG also carried out a major drug seizure on December 16, 2021. The NSG, he assured, will continue to make every effort to ensure the safety of the Mauritius EEZ from any illegal activity.

As for the Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr. Viswarnath Virah Sawmy, stated that this operation is the result of a new strategy implemented by the Acting Police Commissioner regarding maritime security. He reported that a multisectoral approach has been adopted, which also allowed the competent authorities to seize drugs aboard a speedboat recently.

According to SP Virah Sawmy, the vessel was intercepted on January 10, 2022 while CGS Barracuda was patrolling the Mauritius EEZ. He also commented that the investigation to shed light on the suspected fishing vessel will be carried out by the Central Criminal Investigation Division of the Mauritius Police Force.

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