Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Time to deploy another fleet

Pirates seize another ship in Gulf of Aden
By Andrew England in Cairo and Robert Wright in London and Demetri Sevastopulo in Washington

Published: November 17 2008 13:11 Last updated: November 18 2008 16:26

A Hong Kong cargo ship loaded with 36,000 tonnes of wheat bound for Iran was hijacked on Tuesday by pirates in the Gulf of Aden, near the Yemeni coast.

The latest example of piracy came as a Saudi supertanker, seized by pirates on Monday and laden with an estimated 2m barrels of oil, was confirmed to be anchored off the coast of Somalia.

Meanwhile, the official Xinhua agency, citing China’s maritime search and rescue centre, said that a Hong Kong cargo ship called Delight with 25 crew members bound for Bandar Abbas port in Iran had been hijacked in the Gulf of Aden.

Pottengal Mukundan, director of the International Maritime Bureau, said on Monday that the only cargoes that had interested Somali pirates previously were the shipments of World Food Programme aid.

Instead, pirates seize vessels to extort ransoms – often of about $2m – from shipowners desperate to have their crews returned.

How much longer is this nonsense going to be tolerated. Deploy the armada and engage these Pirates.

What happened to the law of the sea? You sink and kill Pirates

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