Premier Maître L’Her Conducts VBSS on Container Ship

April 13, 2020 (Google Translation) – On Saturday April 03, 2021 at dawn, the High Seas Patroller (PHM) Chief Petty Officer (PM) l’Her carried out a visit operation on the Medkon Izmir , a commercial vessel flying the Panamanian flag, carrying containers between Turkey and Libya.

From sunrise, the green light from the authorities acquired, the system was in place: PM L’Her intercepted the suspect ship in the area of ​​operation, accompanied by the German supply ship Berlin then placed in support of the operation. The device is dissuasive.

The vessel accepts the visit after several minutes of radio interrogation. The semi-rigid boats of the PM L’Her carry the members of the visiting team (sailors from the PM L’Her as well as marines from the Embedded Maritime Defense and Interdiction Team (EDIM) on board the vessel inspected. After carrying out the flag survey by securing the vessel and its crew and then checking the vessel’s documents, the team then begins the search of the premises and the containers transported. This phase will last approximately 5 hours , due to the volume of the cargo transported.

Out of 292 containers, all accessible containers were investigated for a total of 32 (i.e. 11% of the total cargo). Access to the containers is in fact the main difficulty of this type of operation because of the height of the stacks of containers, the limited space, and their arrangement.

This operation, the eleventh for the units of the force for a month, proves the interoperability of the European means deployed, here Italian, German and French. It also demonstrates IRINI’s determination to enforce the arms embargo on Libya, the result of strong European political will. As such, last month, Operation IRINI’s mandate was extended until March 31, 2023.

PM L’Her is part of the EUNAVFORMED IRINI mission to enforce the UN arms embargo in Libya. France has actively participated in this operation since its creation in March 2020. PM L’Her is placed in direct support of this operation from February 12, 2021 until April 28, 2021.

Launched on March 31, 2019, Operation IRINI will have made it possible to carry out 2,300 checks at sea and to submit 22 reports on violations to the United Nations Sanctions Committee.

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