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Somali Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker with $50 million worth of Oil on board - Russian War Ship en Route

 
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05/05/2010 02:45 PM
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Somali Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker with $50 million worth of Oil on board - Russian War Ship en Route
NAIROBI, Kenya Somali pirates armed with automatic weapons boarded an oil tanker with $50 million of oil on Wednesday but the ship's Russian crew locked themselves into a safe room to wait for a Russian warship rushing to the scene, a European Union Naval spokesman said.

The pirates launched the attack on the Liberian-flagged ship, which is named the Moscow University, at dawn. Cmdr. John Harbour, the EU Naval Force spokesman, said the crew evaded the pirates for several hours while sending out distress calls. They locked themselves in a secure room when the pirates boarded.

A maritime patrol aircraft flew over the 106,000 ton ship on Wednesday afternoon but it was not moving, said Harbour. It is unclear if pirates or the 23 Russian crew retained control of the ship. The ship is carrying 86,000 tons of crude oil, worth roughly $50 million.

A Russian warship was heading to the ship at full speed but had not arrived by nightfall, Harbour said. He declined to say how long the warship would take to arrive or what action it might take, citing security.

There was no word on the crew's condition. Safe rooms are typically stocked with food, water and communications equipment and have reinforced metal doors that can only be opened from the inside if locked.

The attack occurred about 500 miles (800 kilometers) east of the Somali coast. The ship was not registered with the Maritime Security Center, said Harbour. The ship's route was from the Red Sea to China, the ship's owner said.

The owner, Novoship, said in a statement that the captain sent a distress call to the Russian anti-submarine warship the Marshal Shaposhnikov before communications were severed. It said the pirates attacked using automatic weapons.

Novoship is a subsidiary of Sovcomflot, which is owned by the Russian government.
[link to news.yahoo.com]
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05/05/2010 02:53 PM
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Re: Somali Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker with $50 million worth of Oil on board - Russian War Ship en Route
bump
Because this story could get more interesting as it develops.

I wonder what the Russians will do when they arrive.
Stu

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05/05/2010 02:54 PM
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real dumb fucking move


dont fuck with the Russians
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05/05/2010 02:58 PM
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Re: Somali Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker with $50 million worth of Oil on board - Russian War Ship en Route
Those Somali pirates need an attitude adjustment. don't fuck with the Bear!
weegie

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05/05/2010 05:55 PM
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Re: Somali Pirates Hijack Oil Tanker with $50 million worth of Oil on board - Russian War Ship en Route
NOW it'll get interesting. The Russians don't liked to be f*d with. Won't take Putin three days to give the OK to shoot.





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