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Pirates have taken control of a Saudi-owned oil tanker in the Arabian Sea, the US Navy says.

 

The tanker was seized 450 nautical miles south-east of the Kenyan port of Mombasa, a US Navy spokesman told Reuters news agency.

 

The vessel has 25 crew with members from Croatia, Britain, the Philippines, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

 

The ship was the largest vessel so far to come under attack by pirates in the area, the US Navy spokesman said.

 

The Sirius Star, which belongs to the Saudi company Aramco, made its maiden voyage in March of this year, according to the company website.

 

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7733482.stm

 

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Piracy is meant to be quite common in certain parts of the world still. Not sure about taking over oil tankers though.

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Piracy is meant to be quite common in certain parts of the world still. Not sure about taking over oil tankers though.

 

It's best to be sure before you try it. :lol:

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Something tells me these chaps aren't the Errol Flynn, swinging across the rigging with a cutlass between his teeth type.

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Something tells me these chaps aren't the Errol Flynn, swinging across the rigging with a cutlass between his teeth type.

 

More the stained PC tower type that hoard a terabyte of snide porn?

 

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Something tells me these chaps aren't the Errol Flynn, swinging across the rigging with a cutlass between his teeth type.

 

More the stained PC tower type that hoard a terabyte of snide porn?

 

:lol:

 

 

who ? Me ? :icon_lol:

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mate of mine has been charged with piracy, high seas piracy that is, not acquiring a music library.

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Mate was travelling round Italy and he was warned that there was some fella attacking travellers and she should be on the look out. Unfortunately the girl telling him this was scouse and when she said "Look for a 6' well dressed Somalian man", my mate heard "Look for a 6' well dressed smiling man" and she spent the rest of her two days inMilan being terrified by anyone sporting a grin.

 

 

... shit but true story.

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Mate was travelling round Italy and he was warned that there was some fella attacking travellers and she should be on the look out. Unfortunately the girl telling him this was scouse and when she said "Look for a 6' well dressed Somalian man", my mate heard "Look for a 6' well dressed smiling man" and she spent the rest of her two days inMilan being terrified by anyone sporting a grin.

 

 

... shit but true story.

 

You've missed out a whole bit in the middle where your mate had a sex change.. :jesuswept:

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Mate was travelling round Italy and he was warned that there was some fella attacking travellers and she should be on the look out. Unfortunately the girl telling him this was scouse and when she said "Look for a 6' well dressed Somalian man", my mate heard "Look for a 6' well dressed smiling man" and she spent the rest of her two days inMilan being terrified by anyone sporting a grin.

 

 

... shit but true story.

 

You've missed out a whole bit in the middle where your mate had a sex change.. :lol:

:jesuswept:

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Mate was travelling round Italy and he was warned that there was some fella attacking travellers and she should be on the look out. Unfortunately the girl telling him this was scouse and when she said "Look for a 6' well dressed Somalian man", my mate heard "Look for a 6' well dressed smiling man" and she spent the rest of her two days inMilan being terrified by anyone sporting a grin.

 

 

... shit but true story.

 

You've missed out a whole bit in the middle where your mate had a sex change.. :)

:jesuswept:

:lol: would add a little spice to the story like.

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Mate was travelling round Italy and he was warned that there was some fella attacking travellers and she should be on the look out. Unfortunately the girl telling him this was scouse and when she said "Look for a 6' well dressed Somalian man", my mate heard "Look for a 6' well dressed smiling man" and she spent the rest of her two days inMilan being terrified by anyone sporting a grin.

 

 

... shit but true story.

 

You've missed out a whole bit in the middle where your mate had a sex change.. :)

:jesuswept:

:lol: would add a little spice to the story like.

 

only added confusion if you ask me like.... :(

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Pirates have taken control of a Saudi-owned oil tanker in the Arabian Sea, the US Navy says.

 

The tanker was seized 450 nautical miles south-east of the Kenyan port of Mombasa, a US Navy spokesman told Reuters news agency.

 

The vessel has 25 crew with members from Croatia, Britain, the Philippines, Poland and Saudi Arabia.

 

The ship was the largest vessel so far to come under attack by pirates in the area, the US Navy spokesman said.

 

The Sirius Star, which belongs to the Saudi company Aramco, made its maiden voyage in March of this year, according to the company website.

 

 

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7733482.stm

 

:jesuswept:

 

 

might get the oil price back up...hope, hope......

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The Toon raising pirate prisoner spirits....

 

 

Two British men held captive by pirates off Somalia have spoken for the first time from on board the captured Sirius Star.

 

Ten days after the Saudi oil tanker and its 25 crew were seized by “heavily armed” pirates in the notorious waters of the Gulf of Aden, Peter French and James Grady were allowed to speak by telephone to ITV News.

 

Mr French, the ship’s chief engineer, from Co Durham, said: “The pirates are no problem whatsoever. We have had no mistreatment or anything.

 

“Hopefully we are going to get some more phone calls to our families soon. Our families don’t have too much to worry about at the moment. All in all, we are not too badly off.”

 

Before passing the telephone to the second British hostage, Mr French asked ITV News about the Newcastle United score at the weekend. On hearing of his team’s 0-0 draw away to Chelsea, he said: “Excellent, that’s a good score for us."

 

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Pirate 'washes ashore with cash'

 

The body of a Somali pirate who reportedly drowned soon after receiving a huge ransom has washed ashore with $153,000 in cash, his uncle says.

 

The man was one of a group of pirates who seized the Saudi supertanker Sirius Star in November.

 

They reportedly received $3m (£1.95m) for freeing the tanker but five were said to have drowned after fleeing.

 

A relative of the drowned pirate told the BBC the family was now trying to dry out the recovered money.

 

The pirates' boat capsized when they were hit by rough seas as they were heading back to their homes in central Somalia, the leader of the pirates told AFP.

 

The pirates disembarked the Sirius Star on Friday, after a small plane was seen apparently dropping the ransom by parachute on to the tanker.

 

A negotiator for the pirates told the BBC's reporter in Mogadishu by telephone that a $3m ransom had been paid shortly after the ship was released.

 

The ship's owner has refused to comment.

 

The tanker had been held for nearly two months off the coast of Somalia, near the town of Harardhere.

 

Eyewitnesses in the coastal town said five of the pirates had drowned while trying to make off with the loot.

 

"One of them was discovered and they are still looking for the other ones," resident Omar Abdi Hassan told the BBC.

 

The uncle of the pirate who washed ashore, Abukar Sheikh Hassan, told the BBC that the family had found $153,000 in a plastic bag in his pocket.

 

He said some of the money was wet and the family was now trying to dry it out.

 

Three pirates managed to survive, but lost their share of the ransom when swimming to shore, reports said.

 

The drowned pirate was apparently the only one who managed to hold on to his share of the ransom.

 

The Sirius Star was carrying $100m-worth of oil - a quarter of Saudi Arabia's daily output - when it was seized more than 450 nautical miles south-east of Kenya.

 

There were more than 100 reported pirate attacks in the busy shipping lanes off eastern and northern Somalia in 2008.

 

An international force headed by the US is due to be established by the end of the month to tackle the problem.

 

On Friday, Kenya's port authorities said a fishing vessel had been attacked and three Indian crew kidnapped, Reuters reported.

 

Pirates are still holding a Ukrainian cargo ship, the MV Faina, which was seized in late September carrying 33 tanks and other weaponry.

 

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7824353.stm

 

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