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  • South Korea tanker hijacked by Somali pirates

    04/05/2010 7:26:24 AM PDT · by traumer · 9 replies · 386+ views
    A South Korea-operated, Singapore-owned oil tanker has been hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean. The 300,000-tonne Samho Dream - loaded with crude oil - was on its way from Iraq to the United States with 24 crew when it was seized on Sunday. South Korea has sent a destroyer already in the area to intercept the tanker before it reaches any port. Pirates targeting ships off the coast of Somalia made tens of millions of dollars in ransom payments last year. The Cheong-hae destroyer was on patrol in the Gulf of Aden, where pirates have often staged attacks....
  • Somali pirates hijack S Korean tanker

    04/05/2010 6:16:47 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 10 replies · 473+ views
    Nine News ^ | April 5, 2010
    A South Korean warship is rushing to the area where Somali pirates hijacked a South Korean oil tanker with 24 crew members aboard, the military says. The 300,000-tonne Samho Dream was seized on Sunday on its way from Iraq to the US state of Louisiana with a crew of five South Koreans and 19 Filipinos. A South Korean destroyer, which was in the Gulf of Aden on anti-piracy operations, has been ordered to move to waters off Somalia, a Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman told AFP. "The destroyer is sailing in a hurry to catch up with the hijacked ship,"...
  • U.S. Navy Ship Grabs More Pirates, Lets Them Go

    04/03/2010 8:50:11 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 66 replies · 2,063+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 2, 2010
    A U.S. Navy ship has sunk a pirate "mother ship" in the Indian Ocean and captured 11 pirates, and then promptly let them go. It was the second time within 24 hours that U.S. forces captured Somali pirates. Earlier Thursday, five pirates were taken into custody after they attacked a U.S. warship. While those five pirates remain in custody, the 11 captured Thursday were allowed to leave in small skiffs after the mother ship was sunk. The action prompted a Pentagon spokesman to deny that the Navy had a "catch and release" policy regarding pirates. A Naval official told...
  • Somali Pirates Bite Off More Than They Can Chew

    04/03/2010 4:31:33 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 32 replies · 1,639+ views
    Pattaya Daily News ^ | April 2, 2010 | Zivrap Eismohg
    Somali pirates are not having it all their own way at present. In the latest incident, some unsophisticated pirates, seeing a large vessel on the horizon, sped up to it hoping for rich pickings only to find themselves confronting a US navy missile frigate, which exchanged fire severely damaging both of their boats, and later capturing the mother ship. April 2, 2010, [PDN]: Just after midnight, west of the Seychelles Islands, a gang of three pirates fired on a 453-foot American warship, the USS Nicholas, mistaking it for a commercial vessel. To their chagrin, the pirates found they had bitten...
  • US Navy frigate captures 5 pirates near Seychelles

    04/01/2010 8:30:22 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 497+ views
    AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 4/1/2010 | AP Via Yahoo News
    The small gang of Somali pirates fired on an approaching ship, hoping their midnight attack would bring them millions in ransom. The ragtag bandits, though, had taken on far more than they could handle: a U.S. warship. The USS Nicholas, a guided missile frigate, was tracking the pirates when they opened fire early Thursday in Indian Ocean waters, the U.S. military said. The Nicholas, which saw combat in the first Gulf War, returned fire and disabled the skiff. Navy personnel later boarded and detained three suspects. The Americans found two more bandits on a nearby mothership and later sank the...
  • U.S. Navy Captures 5 Pirates After Gun Battle in Indian Ocean

    04/01/2010 8:34:22 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 34 replies · 1,134+ views
    Fox News ^ | April 1, 2010
    Suspected Somali pirates fired on a U.S. Navy warship off East Africa early Thursday in what appeared to be a ransom-seeking attack on an American guided missile frigate, officials said. The USS Nicholas returned fire on the pirate skiff, sinking it and confiscating a nearby mothership. The Navy took five pirates into custody, said Navy Lt. Patrick Foughty, a spokesman. International naval forces have stepped up their enforcement of the waters off East Africa in an effort to thwart a growing pirate trade. [Snip] Thursday's attack came just shy of a year since pirates attacked the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama...
  • U.S. Navy frigate captures pirate mother ship

    04/01/2010 6:10:28 AM PDT · by Ready4Freddy · 94 replies · 4,173+ views
    AP via MSNBC ^ | April 1, 2010 updated 10 minutes ago | Associated Press
    NAIROBI, Kenya - U.S. naval forces say they've captured five pirates after exchanging fire with them, sinking their skiff and confiscating a mother ship. The USS Nicholas came under fire early Thursday from pirates in an area west of the Seychelles. The U.S. Africa Command said the five pirates seized would remain in U.S. custody on board the frigate for time being. The Nicholas is home-ported in Norfolk, Va. International naval forces have stepped up their enforcement of the waters off East Africa in an effort to thwart a growing pirate trade. Experts say piracy will continue to be a...
  • Somali pirates hijack 2 ships

    03/23/2010 10:01:09 PM PDT · by skully · 16 replies · 459+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | Mar 24, 2010 | AP
    NAIROBI (Kenya) - SOMALI pirates hijacked two ships on Tuesday, including a vessel carrying fertiliser, in a series of attacks that shows the pirates are moving further east, officials said. The hijacking of the Malta-flagged MV Frigia took place more than 1,600 km out at sea and represents a substantial increase in the pirates' range, said Commander John Harbour, spokesman for the European Union Naval Force. The attack took place more than 640 km outside where the naval force operates. The second hijacking, of the MV Talca, took place about 190 km off the coast of Oman, said Mr Harbour....
  • Somali pirates attempt attack on Dutch warship

    03/17/2010 12:34:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 56 replies · 1,462+ views
    ap ^ | Mar 17, 2010 | JASON STRAZIUSO
    After the pirates realized they had made what spokesman Cmdr. John Harbour called a "rather silly mistake," they turned around and fled. EU Naval Force personnel tracked down the two skiffs and a third suspected mothership, finding ammunition and rocket-propelled grenades on board... The two skiffs were destroyed and the pirates were set free on the mothership ... The London-based International Maritime Bureau says Somali pirates captured 47 vessels last year and launched 217 attacks. More than 100 crew are still being held.
  • Cargo ship pirates thwarted in Gulf of Aden

    03/09/2010 8:51:42 AM PST · by george76 · 18 replies · 203+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 06, 2010| | Katharine Houreld,
    <p>Danish special forces disrupted the takeover by pirates of a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden on Friday, in a maneuver rarely undertaken by NATO warships...</p> <p>The crew of the Ariella had seen a skiff approaching their position in the Gulf of Aden early Friday with six or seven armed men firing at them, said Cmdr. Dan B. Termansen, the commander of the Danish warship Absalon. The crew ran to the bridge, where the captain sent out a distress call and put the ship on full steam ahead.</p>
  • Frustrated Pirates Seek Valuable Information

    03/08/2010 5:33:50 AM PST · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 56+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | March 7, 2010
    The international Anti-Piracy patrol is winning the battle for control of the Gulf of Aden, but is still vulnerable in more distant waters. For example, on March 5th, a small tanker was taken north of Madagascar, over a thousand kilometers south of Somalia (and more than 1,500 kilometers from the pirate bases in Puntland). The tanker had travelled from the Persian Gulf, swung east of the Seychelles islands to avoid pirates, and was on its way to Tanzania (just south of Kenya), when it was seized. Most of the thousand or so pirates in Puntland are not willing, or able,...
  • Somali pirates, security personnel in 4 shootouts

    03/05/2010 3:49:27 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies · 531+ views
    AP ^ | March 5, 2010 | KATHARINE HOURELD,
    NAIROBI, Kenya – Signaling a new offensive mindset, international military officials vowed Friday to fight the pirates as swarms of Somalis moved into the waters off East Africa. Four shootouts with pirates showed that high-seas attacks are intensifying with the end of the monsoon season. Nearly half the 47 ships hijacked off Somalia last year were taken in March and April — the most dangerous months of the year for ships in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean. In the most serious skirmish Friday, six pirates attacked a vessel before breaking off and chasing the French fishing boat Torre...
  • Pirates 'smuggling al-Qaeda fighters' into Somalia

    07/07/2009 10:18:11 AM PDT · by Cindy · 14 replies · 984+ views ^ | Published: 8:00AM BST 05 Jul 2009 | By Colin Freeman
    "Pirates 'smuggling al-Qaeda fighters' into Somalia Somali Islamists bent on turning their land into an international haven for Al Qaeda are using pirate gangs to offer foreign militants safe passage into the country, The Sunday Telegraph has been told." SNIPPET: "The Taliban-style Shabab group , which has already siezed control of much of the lawless nation, has enlisted the pirates' services to smuggle in al-Qaeda fighters from across the Middle East, according to Somali government ministers. They claim that up to 1,000 have arrived in recent months, swelling the ranks of the Shabab in its bid to topple the fragile...
  • Superyacht escapes from possible pirate attack

    03/03/2010 1:47:34 PM PST · by · 47 replies · 1,984+ views ^ | 03-03-2010 | Watersportinfo
    The captain of Linda Lou, a 60m Lurssen built superyacht enroute to Dubai experienced troubles with a possible pirate attack.
  • NATO warship sinks pirate ship off Somalia

    03/02/2010 12:07:33 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 65 replies · 2,074+ views
    A NATO destroyer has sunk a pirate mothership in the Indian Ocean off the Somali coast after allowing the crew to leave, the alliance said Monday. Shona Lowe, an anti-piracy spokeswoman, said the HDMS Absalon — the Danish flagship of the three-vessel NATO flotilla in the region — disrupted a pirate operation by "scuttling" one of the large boats used by Somali gangs to transport attack teams to piracy hunting areas far off the coast. The mothership was fired on and sunk after its crew members were transferred to a smaller boat in tow, which was allowed to return to...
  • Hired guns secure ships, stir controversy

    02/14/2010 4:15:21 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies · 968+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | February 15, 2010 | By Sandra Jontz,
    NAPLES, Italy — As the world struggles to stop piracy in the waters off the coast of Africa and the Middle East, several companies have stepped forward to provide armed escort boats for commercial ships. Small, fast boats with a handful of armed mariners are an "emerging way to handle the [piracy] problem in a safe way," said Jim Jorrie, CEO of Espada Logistics and Security-MENA, a San Antonio-based company offering such services. But shipping industry experts frown on the practice. "It slightly smacks of vigilantism to me," said Tony Mason, secretary general of the International Chamber of Shipping and...
  • Somali Pirates a Threat to Ocean Ecosystem

    02/12/2010 12:49:00 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 222+ views
    Mother Nature Network ^ | February 12, 2010 | Michael d'Estries
    (Science research, marine life, suffering in wake of increased violence.) Ships getting hijacked in the Indian Ocean aren't the only consequence of an increase in piracy. According to a New Scientist story, scientists gathering data about fish stocks and threatened species have been virtually shut out of the area due to increased security concerns. This has left the monitoring of illegal poaching almost completely unchecked. "We can't monitor and we can't do experiments because of the pirates," says Laurent Dagorn of France's Research Institute for Development (IRD). As a result, piracy may be increasing harmful by-catch. To avoid being attacked,...

    02/05/2010 10:03:05 AM PST · by abu afak · 29 replies · 1,257+ views ^ | 2/4/2009 | Tundra Tabloids (Killer new site)
    Danish forces free ship captured by pirates NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Danish special forces stormed a ship captured by armed Somali pirates Friday and freed the 25 crew on board, an EU naval spokesman said, marking the first time a warship has intervened during a hijacking. After the vessel Ariella sent out a distress signal early Friday, the Danish warship Absalon sent a helicopter to confirm the presence of pirates, and communicated with the crew to ensure they were in a safe location, said Cmdr. John Harbour, spokesman for the European Union Naval Force. Then Danish special forces aboard the...
  • Kidnapped British Couple Says Pirates Set 'Deadline' for Execution

    01/22/2010 11:05:47 PM PST · by ColdOne · 4 replies · 504+ views
    The Times via ^ | January 22, 2010 | The Times
    British couple kidnapped by pirates while sailing off the east coast of Africa fear that they could be killed within days, the Times of London reported. Paul Chandler, 59, a retired quantity surveyor, and Rachel Chandler, 55, an economist, disappeared after heading from the Seychelles towards Tanzania in their yacht, Lynn Rival, on October 23, 2009. In an interview with ITV News broadcast Thursday night Chandler said that he was “just existing in hope.” “I’m afraid that they will just kill us and abandon us in the desert
  • At least six dead as Somali pirates fight over ransom

    01/19/2010 3:44:26 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 6 replies · 426+ views
    Breitbart (AFP) ^ | January 19, 2010
    At least six people have been killed during intense fighting between rival Somali pirates arguing over a record ransom paid for an oil-laden Greek supertanker, elders and pirates said on Tuesday. Three pirates and a civilian were killed in the latest bout of fighting that erupted in the town of Harardhere late Monday, elders and pirates told AFP by phone. Tension has been high in the central Somali pirate lair ever since an estimated seven million dollars were dropped by a small plane on Sunday for the release of the VLCC Maran Centaurus, a Greek-flagged supertanker a third of a...