5 January, 14:06

Russian ship detained by Senegal arrives in Dakar - owner

Russian ship detained by Senegal arrives in Dakar - owner

A Russian fishing trawler detained by Senegal’s navy Saturday has arrived under escort in the port of Dakar, the ship’s owner said Sunday. A Senegalese navy ship detained the Oleg Naidenov on Saturday with 62 Russians and 23 nationals of Guinea-Bissau on board.

Yury Parshev, executive director of Feniks, the company that owns the Oleg Naidenov, said the vessel was being guarded by military police in a closed naval port in the Senegalese capital and that the passports of all the crewmembers had been confiscated.

Parshev said no official explanation for the trawler’s detention had been given, and that he hopes to meet with Senegalese officials in coming days.

On Saturday, Agence France Presse quoted a Senegalese military spokesman as saying the ship had been boarded after it was seen illegally fishing in Senegalese waters near the border with Guinea-Bissau.

Parshev said the vessel was fishing legally in Guinea-Bissau’s waters. Russia’s Federal Fisheries Agency said Saturday that the ship had been operating in compliance with international standards.

The Oleg Naidenov’s captain and a female galley attendant were injured during the detention of the trawler, Parshev said.

He said Sunday that their condition was not getting worse, but that they required X-rays and scans, as the galley attendant had a suspected arm fracture.

Parshev said there was no unrest on the trawler, but that people’s morale was low.

Senegal detains Russian fishing vessel

Senegal’s navy has detained a Russian fishing vessel, the Oleg Naydenov, and is escorting it to the port of Dakar, the Russian Federal Fisheries Agency reported Saturday.

Yury Parshev, the executive director of the ship owner company Feniks, said two people, including the ship’s captain, were injured during the detention. He said the vessel with 62 Russians and 23 Guinea-Bissau nationals on board had all required permits to operate in Guinea-Bissau’s economic zone.

“The ship has been seized by a Senegalese military vessel. There are some 23 military on board now,” Parshev said, adding that the ship was ordered to head to Dakar.

The Oleg Naydenov was boarded after it was allegedly seen illegally fishing in Senegalese waters near the border with Guinea Bissau, the AFP quoted Senegalese military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Adama Diop as saying.

But Parshev said the vessel did not operate in Senegal, but was fishing in Guinea-Bissau’s waters, and had the required license.

Voice of Russia, RIA

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