The German Navy warded off a suspected pirate attack on the German Transocean Tours' cruise ship M/S Astor in the Gulf of Aden on Thursday, December 4, 2008. The German Navy's Mecklenburg-Vorpommern frigate chased off two suspicious speed boats with warning shots last Friday, a spokesman for the mission commando in Postsdam confirmed.
A spokesman for Transocean Tours in Bremen said the 492 guests and crew on board the MS Astor had not noticed the incident. The boat also had not asked for help. The suspicious boats disappeared quickly into Yemen's territorial waters, the report said.
Germany says that it is considering contributing up to 1,400 military personnel to a European Union security mission to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia, according to a report in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine this week. The newspaper said 500 naval personnel would crew a frigate patrolling the Horn of Africa and the remainder would be commandos providing security on German-owned merchant vessels in the region, the report said.
The UN envoy to Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, said last October that the UN has "reliable information that European and Asian companies are dumping toxic waste, including nuclear waste, off the Somali coastline." Reports say it is as much as 400 times cheaper to haul the illegal load to Somalian waters than processing the cargo in European nations.
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