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Drinking water supplies begin to Russia’s trawler arrested in Senegal

January 09, 2014, 18:45 UTC+3 RABAT

The vessel is still kept moored at the naval base

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RABAT, January 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Supplies of drinking water have begun to the Russian Oleg Naidenov fishing trawler that have been kept under arrest at the Dakar naval base, an official Russian source told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

“The vessel is still kept moored at the naval base,” the source said. “We are holding talks with the Senegalese authorities at all level to settle the situation.”

Earlier on Thursday, the ship owner company, Fenix, said that the crew of a French ship had offered their assistance in delivering drinking water to the Oleg Naidenov.

The Oleg Naidenov suspected of illegal fishing within Senegalese waters was seized by the Senegalese military 46 miles of Guinea-Bissau on January 4 with 82 crew onboard, including 62 Russians and 20 citizens of Guinea-Bissau, and convoyed to the port of Dakar on January 5. During the seizure several sailors were injured.

The Oleg Naidenov is owned by private company Fenix, registered in Murmansk, the extreme northwest part of Russia. It is a big fishing boat of Moonzund type, 120 meters long, built in Germany in 1989.

The crew remains on board the vessel under control of the Senegalese law enforcers. Sailors’ passports were confiscated soon after the arrest and the crew was not allowed to leave the trawler.

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