Since piracy seems to be really heating up. especially off Somalia, this looks like as good a time as any to start a seperate thread to keep track of the news stories. This one comes from Rueters:
Danish ship and crew hijacked off Somalia-official[indent]Story at http://today.reuters.com/News/Crises...ryId=L03535763quote:
NAIROBI, June 3 (Reuters) - Somali hijackers have seized a Danish cargo ship and its five Danish crew in the latest case of piracy plaguing waters off the lawless Horn of Africa nation, a Kenyan maritime official said on Sunday.
The Donica White was carrying building materials from Dubai to Kenya's Mombasa port when gunmen boarded it late on Friday, Andrew Mwangura, director of the Mombasa-based East African Seafarers Assistance Programme, told Reuters.
"We expect a ransom to be demanded in the next three to four days, and we expect it to be high because the crew were all Danish nationals this time," Mwangura said.
Four other ships -- an Indian dhow and three fishing vessels from Taiwan and Tanzania -- are currently being held by Somali pirates, who have made the Indian Ocean corridor off their homeland among the most dangerous waters in the world.
Comment: Africa appears to be a real hotbed for this sort of thing right now, especially in off some of these failed states where the asserted governments and the criminal gangs are one and the same. Don't be too shocked at any connections to terrorist cells and organizations either. This is where the money is and where there's money, you'll find terrorists out to get their share.