MV S Venus

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History
Name: MV S Venus
Port of registry: Panama
Completed: 1984
General characteristics
Class and type: bulk carrier
Beam: 189.73 feet / 27.6 meters
Notes: [1]

The MV S Venus is a freighter of Panamanian registry, attacked by Somali pirates on January 1, 2009. It was successfully defended by defensive actions by members of Anti Piracy Maritime Security Solutions who used paint thinner, Molotov cocktails and a flare gun to set the attacking vessel ablaze. [2] After receiving a distress call from the freighter, French naval frigate F792 Premier-Maître L’Her headed for the rescue. However, before her arrival, the pirates ceased their attack. After that, MV S. Venus reiterated its distress call because of another attack at about 40 kilometers from the position, and the frigate once again went to the rescue of the Panamanian cargo ship and found two small boats nearby, designated by the crew of the ship as the skiffs for assault pirates. The special force of the French navy ordered two skiffs carrying eight Somalis to stop. A visit on board the boat found six AK-47 assault rifles, one RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade) rocket-launcher, ammunition, a grappling hook and two boarding ladders, and a GPS (Global Position System) among others, which were confiscated by the navy. The eight Somalis suspected of piracy were taken into custody by the French frigate to be handed over to the authorities in that country.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "S. Venus". 2009-01-03. Archived from the original on 2009-02-21. Retrieved 2008-01-03. 
  2. ^ Megalommatis, Muhammad Shamsaddin (2009-04-10). "Shipping and Fishing Piracy- Mohammed Abshir Waldo's Analysis". American Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  3. ^ "OPRF Monthly Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-04-10. [permanent dead link]