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India Arrests 35 Aboard US-Owned Ship

By Joel Himelfarb   |   Friday, 18 Oct 2013 10:41 AM

Indian authorities Friday arrested 35 people from a U.S.-owned ship intercepted last week off the coast of Tamil Nadu state, CBS News reported.
When the Indian Coast Guard boarded the MV Seaman Guard Ohio last Saturday, they found  it was carrying a substantial arms cache that included semi-automatic weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

The vessel is owned by AdvanFort, a Washington, D.C.-based security contractor, and the crew included six British nationals, eight Indians, and an unspecified number of Ukrainians  and Estonians, according to CBS.

The 35 people aboard the ship reportedly included 10 members of the crew and 25 security contractors.

Police have accused the ship and its crew of numerous violations, which include entering Indian waters without permission and failing to maintain an accurate log of the weapons on board..

There have been no reports thus far that Americans were among those in custody, according to CBS.

AdvanFort says its contractors are former U.S, British and NATO special forces members “who are expertly skilled and equipped to deter piracy measures and allow for safe passage in international waters."

The company said in a statement released Monday that the weapons and ammunition were registered and licensed to it.

Many commercial trips traveling into the Indian Ocean have hired private security forces to stop pirate attack.

The Hindu reported Friday that the crew members and contractors will appear in court and be taken to prison. It did not specify when that will occur.

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