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British Tanker Hijacked
Sky News ^ | 19:42 UK, Sunday August 11, 2002 | Sky News

Posted on 08/11/2002 12:18:23 PM PDT by colette_g

There are reports a British-registered tanker has been hijacked off the coast of Somalia.

Reuters news agency said the Somali hijackers were demanding $1m for the release of the Russian crew.

Britain's Foreign Office could not confirm the reports.

Helicopter

A spokesman said the a British frigate had dispatched a helicopter to find the ship, but nothing was seen.

The tanker was hijacked about two weeks ago and its crew taken ashore to a location in Alula district on Somalia's north-eastern coast, the militiaman told Reuters.

"The ship was registered in Britain," one of the militiamen told the agency.

Dangerous waters

He said the ship, which was carrying fuel from Dubai to South Africa, had been moored in a natural harbour about 30 miles away from Alula's main settlement.

One eyewitness said he saw the tanker's captain being held in a house.

Somalia's waters are considered to be among the most dangerous in the world - piracy is relatively common.


TOPICS: Breaking News
KEYWORDS: british; hijacked; islamakazis; jehadiscrap; somaliaislamakazis; tanker
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1 posted on 08/11/2002 12:18:24 PM PDT by colette_g
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To: colette_g
I don't think the Russians will treat the pirates too nicely.
2 posted on 08/11/2002 12:20:33 PM PDT by Principled
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To: colette_g
Somalia's waters are considered to be among the most dangerous in the world - piracy is relatively common

Has always been a free-for-all, all the way from Ethiopia to India.

3 posted on 08/11/2002 12:25:09 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: RightWhale
They could easily be made to "behave"...
4 posted on 08/11/2002 12:26:33 PM PDT by norraad
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To: colette_g
Send in the SEALs.

Take that ship away from the pirates.

It is doable.

And it will put a lot of bigger pirates on notice.
5 posted on 08/11/2002 12:31:58 PM PDT by BrotherJonathan
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To: colette_g
This happened two weeks ago, and we're just hearing about it now. Can't be worrying too many people.
6 posted on 08/11/2002 12:33:03 PM PDT by P8riot
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To: norraad
They could easily be made to "behave"...

For a period of time. It's a wild part of the world and crackdowns are only episodes of control.

7 posted on 08/11/2002 12:33:40 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: P8riot
It's worrying that it's taken this long to report !
8 posted on 08/11/2002 12:37:47 PM PDT by colette_g
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To: RightWhale
British tanker with a Russian crew. Sounds like this is the second time around.
9 posted on 08/11/2002 12:38:09 PM PDT by meenie
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To: RightWhale
So let's have an episode!

We've tried lilly~livered pandering & handholding.

The only thing these idiotic 7th century savages will ever understand is the ugly stick.

Please excuse my french, n'est pas?

They already & forever will "believe" we are satan, nothing will change that{thanks to "religious leaders", near & far}so throw a little brimstone already.

10 posted on 08/11/2002 12:43:46 PM PDT by norraad
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To: colette_g
This one we leave to the British and the Russians. We have already been to Somalia. Seems that they didn't want us there.
11 posted on 08/11/2002 12:54:37 PM PDT by FreePaul
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To: colette_g
Islamics made their living by piracy for many a long century in the Mediterranean and other waters near Muslim countries. Remember the "shores of Tripoli"?
12 posted on 08/11/2002 12:56:56 PM PDT by livius
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To: norraad
So let's have an episode!

By coincidence, there happen to be several groups of episodic ordinators in the region. An episode of pirate-stomping might be a useful exercise while waiting for the main episode to begin.

13 posted on 08/11/2002 12:59:22 PM PDT by RightWhale
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To: colette_g

From the piracy web site:

http://www.iccwbo.org/ccs/imb_piracy/weekly_piracy_report.asp

 

Weekly Piracy Report
30 July - 5 August

The following is a summary of the daily reports broadcast to all shipping by the IMB's Piracy Reporting Centre on the SafetyNET service of Inmarsat-C from 30 July - 5 August 2002.

For statistical purposes, the IMB defines piracy and armed robbery as; "An act of boarding or attempting to board any ship with the apparent intent to commit theft or any other crime and with the apparent intent or capability to use force in the furtherance of that act". This definition thus covers actual or attempted attacks whether the ship is berthed, at anchor or at sea. Petty thefts are excluded, unless the thieves are armed.

Recently reported incidents

Suspicious craft

04.08.2002 at 2015 LT in position 02:55S - 106:59E, Selat Gelasa, Indonesia.
Two fast-unlit crafts approached a bulk carrier underway from portside. One craft increased speed and tried to come closer, while the other maintained its distance off port beam. Alert crew switched on deck lights, and sounded ship's whistle, crafts moved away. Ten minutes later, another fast-unlit craft followed ship's stern. Crew directed searchlight and craft moved away.

31.07.2002 at 0100 LT at one fathom bank, straits of Malacca.
A fast moving craft with bright light approached a bulk carrier. Duty officer alerted crew and flashed searchlights and craft moved away. Again at 0445 LT two unlit fast moving crafts chased the same bulk carrier from stern. Chief officer flashed searchlights and took evasive action. Crafts moved away.

Actual and attempted attacks

31.07.2002 at 0230 LT in position 06:02.7S - 106:53.3E Tanjung Priok
anchorage, Jakarta, Indonesia.
Pirates in four boats attempted to board a bulk carrier at stern by throwing a line attached to a hook. Alert duty a/b raised alarm, crew mustered and pirates abandoned boarding and fled.

31.07.2002 at 00.01 LT at Batangas anchorage, Philippines.
Two pirates boarded a tanker from poop deck. Alert duty watchman raised alarm and crew mustered on deck. Pirates escaped in a small boat with ship's stores.

30.07.2002 at 0735 UTC at position 11:53N - 51:04E, Somalia.
Several armed pirates boarded a general cargo ship underway. They hijacked her and forced to anchor at the above position.

29.07.2002, tied to mooring buoy, Mongla, Bangladesh.
Pirates in a small boat came alongside a general cargo ship and stole zinc anodes welded to stern.

Piracy prone areas and warnings

Warning for Somalia. Another hijacking took place on 30.07.2002. Ships anchoring near or passing close to the Somali coast should note they will, repeat, will be seized by one of the warring factions from shore.

S E Asia and the Indian Sub Continent

Bangladesh - Chittagong and Mongla at berth and anchorage. Ships have
reported theft of zinc anodes welded to ship's sides and
stern

India - Chennai, Cochin, Haldia, Kandla and Tuticorin anchorages

Indonesia - Belawan, Balikpapan, Lawi Lawi, Merak, Panjang, Samarinda
and Tanjong Priok (Jakarta), ships have reported numerous
attacks whilst at berth and anchor. Other areas include
Bangka, Berhala and Gelasa Straits

Malacca straits - avoid anchoring along the Indonesian coast of the straits.
Coast near Aceh is particularly risky for hijackings

Malaysia - Bintulu, Penang and Sandakan

Philippines - Davao

Thailand - Koh Si Chang

Vietnam - Vung Tau

Africa and Red Sea

Africa and Red Sea

Abidjan, Bonny River, Conakry, Dakar, Dar Es Salaam, Douala, Lagos, Luanda, Owendo and Tema

Gulf of Aden - between four to six fast boats have attempted to board ships around coordinates Lat 14:34N - Long 051:22.5E

Somalian waters - high-risk area for hijackings. Keep at least 50 miles and if possible 100 miles from the Somali coast. Use of radio communications including VHF in these waters should be kept to a minimum

South and Central America and the Caribbean waters

Brazil - Fazendinha, Guiba Islands, Santana, Santos, Sepetiba, Rio De Janeiro and Rio Grende Port.
Colombia - Buenaventura and Cartagena
Dominican Republic - Rio Haina
Ecuador - Guayaquil
Peru - Callao
Venezuela - Guanta, Lake Maracaibo and Puerto La Cruz.

In view of the recent spate in hijackings, ship owners are advised to install a satellite tracking system on board. IMB recommends installation of Shiploc, which has proved to be invaluable in the location and recovery of hijacked vessels. Details can be found at www.shiploc.com.

 


14 posted on 08/11/2002 1:08:28 PM PDT by Lokibob
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To: Lokibob


ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!
15 posted on 08/11/2002 1:13:02 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: Lokibob


If you can draw this, then you too can be a butt pirate! (anyone other then me remember where this is from?)
16 posted on 08/11/2002 1:14:29 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: chance33_98
ROTFLMAO !!........Inside match covers for some art school scam wasn't it ?

Stay safe !

17 posted on 08/11/2002 1:19:00 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: Squantos
They have TV commercials now!
18 posted on 08/11/2002 1:27:27 PM PDT by chance33_98
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To: colette_g
Reuters news agency said the Somali hijackers were demanding $1m for the release of the Russian crew.

I'm thinking the Russians ain't gonna be to happy with this news

19 posted on 08/11/2002 1:30:17 PM PDT by Mo1
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To: BrotherJonathan
Seeing as it is a British tanker, these pirates would likely meet the very nice men of the SAS.
20 posted on 08/11/2002 1:33:37 PM PDT by Saturnalia
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To: colette_g
This is a Russian problem. They have spec ops guys who can handle this.

One can only hope that Iran/Iraq and Syria have sponsored this hijacking of a ship.

Time for Putin to clear out some dirty tie ins with the Islamakazi nations. The Islamakazis have been killing Russians and interferring with their economy for a long time.

Putin and his fellow Russians need realize that the Islamakazi nations are not friends. Hopefully, this will serve as a wake up call to sever relations with all Islamakazi controlled Nations.
21 posted on 08/11/2002 1:35:06 PM PDT by Grampa Dave
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To: chance33_98
Guess I'm older than I like to think then.......Stay Safe !
22 posted on 08/11/2002 1:35:56 PM PDT by Squantos
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To: FreePaul
Bubba screwed it up last time, let's see how his buddy, Tony deals with it.
23 posted on 08/11/2002 1:36:50 PM PDT by Shooter 2.5
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To: Principled
I don't think the Russians will treat the pirates too nicely.

I heard in the past, they just start sending body parts of relatives to these people. I don't know how true it is, but the Soviets could be quite ruthless. I wonder how they will react now?

24 posted on 08/11/2002 1:41:21 PM PDT by Mark17
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Bets on which spec ops team is sent in to make the pirates walk the plank?

We Have:
1. SAS
2. SPETSNAZ
3. Drunk Vikings in search of plunder
25 posted on 08/11/2002 1:44:06 PM PDT by Saturnalia
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To: Mark17
I heard in the past, they just start sending body parts of relatives to these people.

Euuuuuuwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....

26 posted on 08/11/2002 1:50:53 PM PDT by Principled
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To: Principled
My 12-year old daughter wanted to go see a pirate movie with her friends but I wouldn't let her because it was rated arrrragh!
27 posted on 08/11/2002 2:12:22 PM PDT by steveo
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To: colette_g
Transporting oil from ANWR would be safer.
28 posted on 08/11/2002 2:18:23 PM PDT by putupon
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To: steveo
That's so old, the first time I heard it I fell off my dinosaur.... 0)
29 posted on 08/11/2002 2:36:11 PM PDT by Principled
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To: Principled
No, I don't think they will!!

Their previous dealings with hijackers is not a pretty story. Evidently the Russians took the family members of the hijackers and then killed one of them and cut him into little pieces. Several of the pieces were delivered to the hijackers - with the message that this was only the beginning - with each passing day, another member of the "family" would be dismembered.

Amazingly, the hijackers released all the people immediately. And ... from what I know - NOBODY ever hijacks anything that belongs to the Russians.

However, this ship belongs to the British, even though the crew is from Russia. What the Russians will do in this situation I don't know.
30 posted on 08/11/2002 2:52:19 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: chance33_98
Matchbook cover. Then there was a cover that invited you to "Learn Law." I wonder how many attornies would credit their entry into the legal field to a matchbook?
31 posted on 08/11/2002 3:01:24 PM PDT by oyez
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To: BrotherJonathan
Send in the SEALs.

If it's a British ship why SEALs? The SAS can do the job.

32 posted on 08/11/2002 3:04:16 PM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon
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To: livius
Oh yeah -- that was back in the day when white people were the slaves. (And why historical black slavery doesn't bring too many tears to my eyes)
33 posted on 08/11/2002 3:26:10 PM PDT by johnb838
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To: RightWhale
Pirate stompin', what could be more fun than that?

It could be rather easy & inexpensive too!

Even better!

..& what a moral builder!

34 posted on 08/11/2002 3:28:43 PM PDT by norraad
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To: Grampa Dave
"One can only hope that Iran/Iraq and Syria have sponsored this hijacking of a ship.

For some reason, the words "hijack" and "middle east" seem conjoined.

35 posted on 08/11/2002 3:57:51 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: BrotherJonathan
British ship. Russian crew. Send in the SAS or the Russians. Our men should be left out of this.
36 posted on 08/11/2002 3:57:54 PM PDT by earplug
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To: chance33_98
A YO HO HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM, BUMP!
37 posted on 08/11/2002 4:10:39 PM PDT by mlibertarianj
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To: Principled; Poohbah
This was one of Her Majesty's ships.

Methinks the SAS will be en route.
38 posted on 08/11/2002 4:13:49 PM PDT by hchutch
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To: hchutch
Maybe the Brits will see why we need to get these guys. Seems they're hesitating.
39 posted on 08/11/2002 4:33:29 PM PDT by Principled
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To: mlibertarianj
I, for one, have NEVER understood while we as a nation think it is "cute" for children to dress up as pirates, go to movies and root for the pirates vs. the king's men , etc.

Pirates =murderers, rapists, robbers,thieves of the worst kind; the proper end for these pirates is feeding the carrion birds while dangling from a dockside crane arm.

40 posted on 08/11/2002 4:37:10 PM PDT by hoosierham
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Because if it's a choice between outlaws and english royalty, americans choose outlaws. It's our tradition.
41 posted on 08/11/2002 4:48:08 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Principled
See post 30.
42 posted on 08/11/2002 5:02:12 PM PDT by Mark17
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To: BrotherJonathan
Send in the SEALs.

Unless I miss my guess here this is a Russian problem and will probably be handled by maritime spetsnaz. Please don't put our troops in every harms way.

43 posted on 08/11/2002 5:58:24 PM PDT by SBeck
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To: hchutch
More likely the SBS who are trained in counter-terrorist ops including oilrig assaults.

Comacchio Company (SBS) of 300 ranks based at RM Condor Arbroath, are responsible for fast reaction for nuclear weapons protection both in transit and on site. Also charged with the oilrig and ship protection duties at sea.

But the SAS will get the credit.

44 posted on 08/11/2002 6:13:33 PM PDT by spitz
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To: spitz
More likely the SBS who are trained in counter-terrorist ops including oilrig assaults.

There are also well-connected private security companies such as Executive Outcomes and Sandline that may be engaged in such service even as we speak.

Often these organizations use British ex-SAS/SBS, American ex-SpecOps men, or former Gurkhas. (Nobody scares the Mohammedan cockroaches as much as a Gurkha!)


Here's an interesting story from APB News: Keeping Ships and Cargos Safe From Pirates.

-ccm

45 posted on 08/11/2002 6:37:25 PM PDT by ccmay
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To: colette_g
Anyone ever read The Devil's Alternative by Frederick Forsyth? It involved a tanker being hijacked, and is one of the best books I've ever read.
46 posted on 08/11/2002 6:40:39 PM PDT by Koblenz
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To: Lokibob
Since it's football season,

GO BUCS!!!!
47 posted on 08/11/2002 6:54:00 PM PDT by ovrtaxt
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
Special Boat Squadron does most of the maritime ops.An outfit that recruits from and fails about 80% of the COMMANDOS that apply.
48 posted on 08/11/2002 6:55:45 PM PDT by Crazymonarch
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To: Koblenz
Yep! If it's by Forsyth, I read it! He's a much better writer than Tom Clancy, IMHO.
49 posted on 08/11/2002 7:17:56 PM PDT by petuniasevan
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To: Crazymonarch
Special Boat Squadron does most of the maritime ops.An outfit that recruits from and fails about 80% of the COMMANDOS that apply.

I may have misunderstood but I thought the crew had been taken ashore so thought that might make it a SAS operation. I'm sure either one could do the job.

50 posted on 08/11/2002 7:27:26 PM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon
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