Somali Pirates Demand $5 Mil for Ukrainian Ship

29 09 2008

There’s been pretty high pirate activity off the coast of Africa for some time now, and sometimes they get a score big enough that it makes the news… this one will do, via Yahoo:

“The ship was seized late Thursday off Somalia as it headed for the Kenyan port of Mombasa. A total of 21 crewmembers – 17 Ukrainians, three Russians and one Latvian – were onboard when the ship was chased down and boarded by armed men in three launches.

Ukraine Defence Minister Yury Yekhanurov confirmed Saturday in Kiev that the vessel was transporting 33 medium T-72 tanks ‘and a substantial amount of military materials’.

Armoured personnel carriers and munitions are also believed to be part of the delivery.

Piracy is rife in the Gulf of Aden – a strategic shipping route off Somalia – with over a dozen ships currently in the hands of armed groups, the latest victim being a Greek vessel seized Saturday.”

They chased down this ship armed with military ordinances with three boats, then boarded the ship and took it over.  The US Navy has sent a ship from San Diego… to battle pirates… this is better than 70% of the movies that came out this year.



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