Pirates! oops!!

[Guardian] Life is sweet in piracy capital of the world

At least 12 foreign ships are being held hostage in the waters off Eyl in the Nugal region, 300 miles south of Africa’s Horn, including a Ukrainian vessel loaded with 33 tanks and ammunition that was hijacked last month.

[CourierIntern] La piraterie coûte de plus en plus cher à la navigation internationale. La capture d’un supertanker saoudien par des pirates au large des côtes kényanes pourrait entraîner un élargissement de ce que l’on appelle la « zone à risque de guerre ». Cela se traduirait par une nouvelle hausse des tarifs des assurances pour les milliers de navires qui transitent à l’ouest de l’Afrique.

Gallery (10 pictures), Nov 19 2008:

Photographer Veronique de Viguerie spends time with the Central Regional Coast Guard, the main pirate group operating off the coast of Somalia

[Guardian]

1: Nov 15 Chemical tanker is hijacked.

2: Nov 15 Second tanker hijacked.

3: Nov 14 Heavily armed pirates in two speedboats chase and fire upon a container ship. Master increases speed, takes evasive action and crew activate fire hoses. Pirates abort attack.

4: Nov 14 Armed pirates in three small speedboats approach a chemical tanker. Master contacts coalition warship and takes evasive action. The pirates fail to board the vessel.

5: Nov 13 Six pirates in a speedboat approach a bulk carrier and order the ship to stop but the master continues with evasive manoeuvres. The pirates fire upon the ship with grenades and automatic weapons. Master calls a coalition warship, asking for immediate assistance. Warship responds, comes to the location in 15 minutes and chases away the pirate boat.

6: Nov 13 Pirates with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades chase and fire upon a container ship. The vessel increases speed and takes evasive action. The pirate boat comes alongside on port side, but fail to board their target. Vessel continues to her destination port.

7: Nov 12 Armed pirates in two speedboats chase a tanker, which takes evasive action and escapes.

8: Nov 12 Chemical tanker is hijacked.

9: Nov 11 Two speedboats with three to four armed pirates in each chase a bulk carrier. Evasive manoeuvres are made and warship called. A naval helicopter arrives and interrupts the speedboats. Pirates abort attack.

10: Nov 10 Two speedboats approach a refrigerated cargo ship. The pirates open fire. The ship takes evasive action. Later the speedboats abort the attempt.

11: Nov 10 Pirates board and hijack a chemical tanker with 23 crewmembers aboard. The crew are then taken hostage. The pirates begin sailing the tanker to an undisclosed location in Somalia.

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