Several Spanish sailors, - seven according to the SER who mentions to the shipbuilder and the Journal of Reviews and six according to the mother of one of the captured ones, part of the crew of 23 men of Mattheos I, an oil ship with Cypriot flag, were kidnapped yesterday in the gulf of Guinea, to 62 miles of the coast of Benin, where he went loaded of gasoline. Sources of the Ministry of Outer Subjects keep up that they are only five. The shipbuilder of the boat is not Spanish.
Always according to the SER, senior officers of bridge is called Manuel Bilbao Baudot and is of Ferrol although she resides in Tenerife. The rest of the Spanish crew would be of Galicia. The woman of Bilbao has confirmed to the transmitter that solely has contact with the proprietary company of the ship, Consultants of navigation, that does not have more information beyond the kidnapping. Bilbao, that has two children of a year, takes 10 in the sea and the three last ones have sailed in international waters.
Her mother, Carmen Baudot, have commented in declarations to RNE that Mattheos I was decanting gasoline to a Norwegian ship when they were boarded by the pirates, according to him has informed the propietary company into the boat. The woman also has confirmed who the captain is of Peruvian nationality and that on board also are sailors of the Philippines and Cyprus. The unique communication that has been received so far on the kidnapping is on the part of the proprietary company of the boat, Consultants of Navigation, Spanish nationality.
When being outside the frame of the Atalanta Operation of fight against the piracy in the South Asian, and when having the boat foreign flag, will be the Ministry of Outer Subjects, through the Embassy of Ghana, and not the one of Defense that is in charge of the subject.
“We are sure that the attack took place to 120 kilometers to the West of Cotonú”, declared to Efe the head of the General Staff of the Navy of Benin, Especially Ahoyo, that it emphasized that with means to its reach, the Beninese Navy was not able to take part to avoid the kidnapping.
The piracy acts have remarkably increased in the last months in the gulf of Guinea, which took to the USA and France to unfold boats military in the zone. However, that the kidnapping has taken place in that zone and in the South Asian it is not encouraging, since the pirates of the gulf of Guinea usually do not demand rescues in exchange for the kidnapped ones and the proprietary company considers that it could be only a robbery.
The past May two Spanish sailors were released who remained kidnapped during 137 days by somalíes pirates who assaulted the boat Fertile valley 5 against the coasts of Mozambique.
Until now, the kidnappings of Spanish sailors had taken place in South Asian, where they kill a dozen of tunny boats, the mainly Basque. In April of 2008 the 26 crew of the Beach of Bakio were kidnapped during one week, 13 of Spanish them (eight Basoues and the five Gallegos) in the coasts of Somalia.
The 2 of October of 2009, the pirates captured the 36 crew of the Basque tunny boat Alakrana with 15 Spaniards on board. The captivity extended during 47 distressing days and the Spanish military captured two of the kidnappers, whose judgment was celebrated in February in the National Hearing.
Finally, the 28 of December of the last year, the pirates took control of Fertile valley V, a fishing boat with 24 crew on board, two of Galician them. The ship, property of Pescanova, were released in March by a boat of Indian navy, but the kidnappers managed to take to both Spanish to earth. They were not released up to two months later.
The monitoring deprived on board the tunny boats as well as the sea and air unfolding of the Atalanta Operation of the European Union has reduced the number of attacks that finishes in kidnapping. The authorities of Seychelles gave green light to that recently the tunny boats with base in the archipelago could embark, also, heavy machine guns of caliber 12.70 to do against the pirate attacks. Until now it was only allowed them to use automatic guns of caliber 7,62.