The azure waters surrounding the Seychelles are set to become safer in future as building work started this week on an anti-piracy centre
Foreign Office Minister Henry Bellingham has welcomed the project as an important milestone in the fight against piracy in the Indian Ocean.
The internationally funded Regional Anti-Piracy Prosecution & Intelligence Coordination Centre (RAPPICC), located in Victoria, Seychelles will target Somalian pirates operating on the Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden and in the Somali Basin.
Although land-based tourism in the Seychelles remains unaffected by piracy, in the past dive boats at remote reefs, yachts and leisure craft have been targeted. The FCO currently advise against all but essential travel by yacht and leisure craft on the high seas (more than 12 nautical miles from shore) in this area.
Commenting on the ground-breaking ceremony, the Minister said: "This centre will play a vital role in targeting the heart of the piracy operations: the leaders and financiers of piracy who feel as if they are able to act with impunity and hold innocent seafarers and the world's trade to ransom."
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