Archive for Friday, March 27, 2009

Somali pirates hijack 2 tankers in 24 hours

March 27, 2009


— Pirates armed with machine guns hijacked a Norwegian chemical tanker Thursday off the coast of Somalia, the ship’s owner said, an attack that came less than 24 hours after a smaller Greek-owned vessel was seized in the same area.

The U.S. 5th Fleet, which patrols the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, confirmed both hijackings and said they took place in the same area but separate from the gulf, one of the world’s busiest — and now most treacherous — sea lanes.

The 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned Bow Asir was captured 250 miles off the Somali coast on Thursday morning, and the 9,000-ton Greek-owned Nipayia, with 19 crew members, was seized 450 miles off Somalia on Wednesday afternoon, the European Union’s military spokesman said.


HermioneElliott 8 years, 6 months ago

No one comments on the good stuff. The pirates seem to be doing pretty good for themselves in a world of economic uncertainty. Go pirates!

sinverguenza 8 years, 6 months ago

Very interesting article on the pirates from a couple months back. Arrrrr you going to read it?

jehovah_bob 8 years, 6 months ago

Only when they forget to burn after pillaging.

jehovah_bob 8 years, 6 months ago


I like to refer to it as enhanced sexual coercion.

gl0ck0wn3r 8 years, 6 months ago

"Marion (Marion Lynn) says… Speaking of misguided; light anti-tank weapons; LAWS can be quite effective against pirate vessels if properly guided."

It is interesting that Proceedings has had quite a bit on the topic in the last two issues. The issue seems to be the problem with having a multinational crew, a vessel that is often flagged and owned in different places and the laws of whatever country in which you plan to offload your cargo.

It is one thing to arm an American vessel, owned by Americans, crewed by Americans and sailing into and out of American waters. It is another to arm a Taiwanese crew on a Singapore owned, Liberian flagged ship that is coming into countries with strict arms control.

One approach that I think would be fairly easy to implement would be the use of Xi (former Blackwater) PMC people. The ships could pick them up in international waters and drop them off before docking. A ten to fifteen man crew with a couple of Barretts and equipment would be plenty to take care of the problem.

KansasVoter 8 years, 6 months ago

I'm no pirate, but I do enjoy a good booty. ;-)

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