ArrrrrrrrrrrrrrPirates

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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
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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.
Story at http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L03535763

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.​
 
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From The Sydney Morning Herald:

Somali pirates kill ship crew member
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Somali pirates holding a Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel have killed one of its crew members because the ship's owners were not giving in to demands for a ransom, a Kenyan maritime representative said.

The pirates killed their captive on Saturday and have threatened to take the life of another if their demands are not met, said Andrew Mwangura, director of the Kenyan-based East African Seafarers Assistance Program.

The ship, named Ching Fong Hwa 168, was captured in mid-May and had two Taiwanese and 14 Chinese crew members on board.
Story at http://www.smh.com.au/news/World/Somali-pirates-kill-ship-crew-member/2007/06/04/1180809414506.html
 
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Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum. Hope the pirates are caught before anymore of the crew is killed. I feel for those fishermen. Seems Pirates are always thought of as romantic but they were really brutal thieves.
 
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>>Hope the pirates are caught before anymore of the crew is killed.<<

I don't think the problem is finding them. Everybody knows who they are and where they are. The problem is that the people who have the resources to do something about it and the willingness to use same don't have jurisdiction. The ones who have nominal jurisdiction...which is to say the local milities, warlords and criminal gangs who claim to be the "Legitimate" government...have a vested interest in not molesting them. (Who do you think is providing the financing?)
 
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Shiver me timbers

Those pirates have been busy little bees.
Last week they took a cargo ship with a Danish crew and also an Indian plus two Tanzanian crews as well. Article says all are currently being held. Hope everybody comes out alive. My Mom's Great-Grandfather was from Denmark. That hits close to home. Hopefully The United Nations call for aid will be heeded and put a stop to shenanigans like this.
 
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I caught a story on Fox news claiming that thr USS Carter Hall fired warning shots across the bow of the Danish vessel. I don't know what good that will do, but at least the Navy is there. Now if only the top dogs will let them do something.
 
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Hope they do something soon. Maybe with the Navy there it will scare the pirates to back down a bit so at least they won't kill anymore hostages. Unfortunately it could accelerate the killing of the hostages. Looks like we'll have to wait and see. Thanks for keeping us informed Michael.
 
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I don't think the pirates are afraid of the U.S. navy at the moment, otherwise the encounter with the Carter Hall might have had a nice outcome for the Good Guys.

It's not enough to just have a navy, the government which operates it needs to be willing to use it effectively.
 
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I was hoping that their presence would intimidate the pirates but that probably won't happen. Well the Government better start using the navy effectively soon. Those Men can't save themselves. Times ticking away too. Seems all we can do is pray and wait. Thanks for keeping us informed about whats happening with this situation, Michael.
 
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From PR Inside.com:

Danish sailors on ship hijacked off Somalia doing well, officials say
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - The Danish crew of a cargo ship that was hijacked in international waters off the coast of Somalia is being treated well, Denmark's Foreign Ministry said Friday.
«According to the information we have, we have no reasons to believe that they are not doing fine,» said Lars Thuesen, head of the
Danish Foreign Ministry's consular department.
Story at http://www.pr-inside.com/danish-sailors-on-ship-hijacked-off-r147740.htm

Comment: Notice that the headline didn't say they were being treated well. Only that they were doing well.​
 
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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP)
The USS Carter Hill called off its pursuit after the pirates navigated the Danica White into Somalia's territorial waters.
P***

Sounds like its bilarkie time. I hope the crew is holding up well. I feel for their families and hope their soon home again. Stupid Pirates. Don't mess with the Danes. They weren't called Vikings or the Horde of the North back in the day(8th century) for nothing. Ok so it's been a while.
I hope the shipowners are getting the $$$ ready.
But if wishes were horses, beggers would ride.
Thanks for the link to the article Michael.​
 
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From The Gaurdian:

Guns, grenades and GPS: the brutal reality of Somalia's hi-tech pirates
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The two small vessels were travelling across the Indian Ocean at high speed, their occupants wielding rocket-propelled grenades, AK47s and machine guns. Within minutes, they had gained on the bulky container ship. As he stood on the bridge of the MV Rozen, Captain Priayantha Perera sounded the alarm. He knew what was coming: pirates.
The Somali pirates who threw a pipe ladder on to his deck and boarded his ship went on to hold him and his 11 crew hostage at gunpoint for 41 days. The captives were released last month after a ransom, believed to be around $100,000 (£50,000), was paid.

Piracy off the coast of Somalia is on the rise again. Last month, pirates seized two South Korean fishing vessels and are currently holding their crew hostage. Another gang attacked a cargo ship, the Ibn Younis, but the captain managed to outrun them. In another attack, pirates killed a guard who was among those sent to intercept an attempted hijack of a UN food aid ship.
For the rest of the story, go to 2100605%2C00.html,http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2100605,00.html
 
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>>I see those Pirates are keeping busy unfortunately.<<

Unless the governments of the world get their act together, I expect this problem is going to get a lot worse, especially in those essentailly lawless areas such as Somalia. There's money to be had here from selling of stolen cargos to ransom and as long as that situation applies, there will be pirates!
 
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From Reuters:

Somali gunmen release hijacked Indian dhow
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NAIROBI, June 22 (Reuters) - Somali pirates have released an Indian merchant ship after holding it for a month, but four others were still being held, a maritime official said on Friday.

The MV Nimatullah, a dhow with 14 Indian crew members and a cargo of 800 tonnes seized close to Mogadishu on May 24, was free and its crew safe, East African Seafarers Assistance Programme Director Andrew Mwangura said.

"The dhow was released about three days ago, it is currently offloading its cargo in Kismayu port," Mwangura told Reuters.
Story at http://today.reuters.com/News/CrisesArticle.aspx?storyId=L22281478

Also, from the Malaysian Star:

Indon pirates board ship, rob crew
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KOTA TINGGI: Six Indonesians armed with parangs (machetes) and pistols sneaked on board a vessel and robbed eight crewmen of their belongings and cash, resulting in some RM25,000 worth of losses.

The ship Mujur Samudra was docking near Pulau Lima here while on its way to Vietnam at 9.45pm on Saturday when eight Indonesians arrived on a speedboat.
Story at http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2007/6/25/nation/20070625181223&sec=nation
 
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From The Maritime Global Net:

IMO CALLS FOR ACTION ON PIRACY OFF SOMALIA
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Thursday, 28 June 2007

THE IMO Council, meeting in London, has agreed further action in response to continuing acts of piracy and armed robbery against ships sailing in waters off the coast of Somalia and, in particular, ships carrying humanitarian aid to the country.
Story at http://www.mgn.com/news/dailystorydetails.cfm?storyid=7850&type=2
 
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From IOL:

Piracy fears for missing ship
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Nairobi - A South Korean cargo ship is missing in pirate-infested waters off Somalia, an official said on Friday, hours after the world's top maritime body urged the UN Security Council to help it end piracy in Somali waters.

If is confirmed that the Sea Prince was seized by pirates, it would bring to five the number of foreign vessels held off the Horn of Africa nation in some of the most dangerous waters in the world.
Story at http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?click_id=68&art_id=nw20070629133000910C206849&set_id=
 
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From Chinadaily:

\b[Piracy attacks in Asia fall to 43 in first half year}
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A total of 43 piracy attacks and armed robbery in Asia were reported in the first half of this year, a sharp decline from those in the same period of the previous two years, the Information Sharing Center for a regional agreement against piracy said on Thursday.
There were 79 incidents reported in the first half year of 2006 and 75 in 2005.
More at http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2007-07/06/content_911077.htm
 
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From The International Herald Tribune:

Pirate attacks up sharply worldwide, maritime watchdog says
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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: Pirate attacks have increased sharply worldwide in the past three months – especially in Somalia and Nigeria – an international maritime watchdog agency said Thursday.

There were 85 attacks on ships in the April-June quarter, up from 66 in the same period a year earlier and compared to only 41 in the previous quarter, which ended in March, the International Maritime Bureau said in a report.

Although the number of 126 attacks in the first half of 2007 remained close to 127 in the same period last year, the spike in the second quarter is worrying, the London-based IMB said through its piracy reporting center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Story at http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/07/12/asia/AS-GEN-Pirate-Attacks.php