Thursday, June 4, 2009

Royal Navy Frees Pirates After Disarming Them

Apparently, the Royal Navy can only arrest suspected pirates if they are caught in an act of piracy. 10 heavily armed suspected pirates in skiffs we disarmed before being released:
“Clearly, with all the weaponry in the skiffs, there was an intent to commit piracy, but we hadn’t actually caught them in the middle of an attack so we had to release them.”

All the weapons and ammunition were confiscated and the ten men were piled into the larger of the two skiffs, provided with enough fuel to get them to the Somali coast and told to go home. Some of the fuel was then put into the other skiff and set on fire.

Read more at Times Online

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Indian Navy Sinks Pirate Ship Fishing Trawler

The Indian Navy Frigate INS Tabar reportedly sank a suspected Somali pirate mother-ship yesterday. From what we gather, the Burum Ocean was fired upon and sunk after resisting the approach of the Indian Navy ship. The Burum Ocean was a Russian built trawler used by Somali pirates to launch small boats used in pirate attacks.

News sources say the pirates fled their sinking ship in two speedboats.

There has been a flurry of pirate activity this week, including the capture of a large Saudi oil tanker which stunned the international community for its distance from the coast and the size of the ship captured.

Somali has reputedly given the Indian Navy permission to enter its territorial waters to pursue pirates. India is one of numerous countries with warships in the area to combat piracy.

Update: As it turns out, the vessel sunk was actually a Thai fishing trawler that had been boarded by pirates. One crew member was rescued after six days adrift at sea. Another did not survive and the rest are still missing.

Update source: Newsweek

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Monday, June 9, 2008

Real pirates in the Caribbean

Pirates are, in fact a problem in the Caribbean after all. God's speed, Prince William (although I think he is going after drug runners more than yacht raiders). From chron.com:

CHATEAUBELAIR, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES — When two men wielding cutlasses and a third brandishing a gun burst onto their yacht at 1:30 a.m., Allison Botros and the seven other people aboard realized that Pirates of the Caribbean is not just a movie.

"Give us your money, or we will kill you," the Cleveland mother of three recalled the robbers telling them during the 15-minute plundering of the 70-foot Sway, which was anchored in this harbor.

Attacks on yachters across the Caribbean have marred the luxurious cruising life with increasing frequency as the number of vessels sailing the lush islands grows year to year, and with it the lure of the sailors' valuables to thieves and drug traffickers in the region.


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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Canadian Helicopter Scares Off Somali Pirates

A Sea King helicopter from HMCS Calgary scared off two small skiffs that were attacking a commercial fishing boat in the Gulf of Aden. The pirates fled back into Somali waters. Meanwhile, the UN has indeed passed a resolution allowing foreign warships to enter Somali waters to combat piracy.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

Prince William becomes a pirate hunter

The prince will serve aboard the HMS Iron Duke. He will be hunting cocaine smugglers in the the Caribbean for two months, he he won't be getting special treatment, according to Rear Admiral Bob Cooling. His duties will include boarding suspicious vessels (he will be heavily armed). He will take part in emergency training in a hull breach simulator and may take part in firefighting exercises. Link to news arrrrrticle.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

France seeks anti-piracy force

After the recent seizure of a French luxury yacht off the coast of Somalia (the hostages have since been freed), the prime minister of France is calling on the UN to establish an anti-piracy force.

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Somalia is currently one of the hotbeds of modern piracy. Pirates there are somewhat organized and are a serious problem.

Mean while, it would seem that attacks are down in piracy's other home, the Malacca Straits.

read more about that...

Sorry for the lack of activity lately, I've been a bit busy. I have plenty to post but no time to post it.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Articles about articles about modern pirates

NPR.org has an article about a National Geographic writer who went to Malaysia to write an article about modern piracy. I have also seen and read the National Geographic article.

[link to NPR article]

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