Somali Pirates Release Greek Supertanker for $5.5 Million

By Malkhadir M. Muhumed | January 19, 2010

  • January 19, 2010 at 9:27 am
    wudchuck says:
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    well, seems like pirates tried more in 2009 vs 2008, but were less successful… after the rescue, more warships are trying to cover these ships… so in 2008 37.8% success rate, where in 2009 success was rated at 21.7%… this was a huge reduction in successful attempts… as a wordly protection, we need this to be lower than even 5%, if not 0%. i think we need to start sending in special forces to help recover the ship’s crew and their vessel.

  • January 19, 2010 at 12:31 pm
    jdoe says:
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    Had the Greeks simply coated the tanker’s deck with Feta and gyro meat, this would never have happened!

  • January 19, 2010 at 12:32 pm
    WK says:
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    Seems to me 5.5 million would buy a lot of protection by way of armed escorts for these floating gas tanks or by way of armed guards on other types of ships. Looking at what they use to hijack a ship it seems a relatively small and well armed group of guards could ward off most of these attacks.

  • January 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    zeus says:
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    right again, wudchuck.
    problem is; these jerks now have 5.5 mil to funnel into al queda and other terror gangs to come back and hurt us again.
    the affected nations must pool together to stop these jerks, or else it’ll go on and on and on

  • January 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Chip says:
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    It may be simplistic, but why not just level that hell hole anyway. A deserved payback for Mogadishu.

  • January 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm
    NO TOLERANCE says:
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    5.5 million in ransom. A small fraction of that could have been used to hire “contractors” to protect the ship (and all ships) and keep this trash from even boarding. Kill them before they get within 100 yards of the ship.
    When are the ship owners going to learn that the only way to deal with these bottom feeders is to kill them in the water.

  • January 19, 2010 at 1:16 am
    Hank says:
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    Pay the pirates, then once the hostages are free, blow the a-holes out of the water. Follow these procedures and after a few incidents, not only will there be less pirates, it will give others something to think about.

  • January 19, 2010 at 1:24 am
    Old Pro says:
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    Before more of you make ignorant comments, you need to understand it is against international law for merchant ships to be armed and/or carry armed troops. And it’s not a bad law, either. What is really necessary is for either the UN or individual nations to protect their ships with their navy, OR find another route for shipping.

  • January 19, 2010 at 1:26 am
    esquire says:
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    it’s great to live in a world where protecting your assets is illegal but what these pirates do seems to be just business as usual.

  • January 19, 2010 at 1:29 am
    wudchuck says:
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    i like the idea of using the money they spend on ransom for placing a security detail… i could easily put a detail for 1/4 if not less, for the price of that ransom… maybe, that would be my new business… it’d a great paying job for a easy protectional service….

  • January 19, 2010 at 1:38 am
    Hank says:
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    Regardless of whether you can or can’t have weapons on these ships, if you engage the pirates with similar firepower, you run the risk of losing cargo and the ship. But if you pay the SOB’s, let them think they won and got away with it, but later track them down with actual warships and destroy them, less chance of loss. Can’t be soft on these “people”. Hit ’em and hit ’em hard!

  • January 19, 2010 at 1:48 am
    wudchuck says:
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    ok, but what if i had a minisub onboard, launched it as we noticed them coming and take them out w/o even them noticing i had this silent service onboard…. LOL!

    sounds like a good idea and then no money changes hands and only ship going down is the floating pontoon!

  • January 19, 2010 at 2:07 am
    Old Pro says:
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    Chuck: FTR, I agree with you morally. I’d like to see these ships be able to take proactive action and these acts of piracy stopped. But pirates have been active for 600 years or more, and I don’t know how to best address the situation. Often, the pirates are better armed than some militia forces. Rocket launchers, hand-held missles, mortars, etc. What is really amazing is the long range of these pirate vessels — they’ve been specially equipped with extra fuel tanks, and are also very fast. I think true military action by UN and/or UN approved forces is the answer. OP

  • January 19, 2010 at 3:31 am
    Ben Dover says:
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    The only feelings we should have for these pirates is the feeling of “RECOIL”

  • January 19, 2010 at 4:03 am
    no tolerance says:
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    When has the UN EVER solved a problem. International law? You change international law to accomodate the situation. You don’t do business as usual. Citing international law and “the way it’s always been” is idiotic. Bill Clinton could have ordered the destruction of Osama if it wasn’t for his fear of wadding up the panties of some internationally. No…you arm the ships by pressuring those “internationally” to agree thereby having a consensus and coalition. The ONLY way to deal with these people is kill them just as we are doing with muslim extremist.
    Action…not words.

  • January 19, 2010 at 4:27 am
    Old Pro says:
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    Well, “no tolerance”, as soon as you arm merchant ships, they become “combatants” and the rules change. This doesn’t make any sense, but I suspect you are too young to know any different. I also suspect you’ve never been a combatant and understand the force used. Would you like to volunteer to serve in such a capacity?
    I agree that the UN is hapless, and I’d like to see force used to stop this stuff, but arming merchant ships isn’t a good answer. OP

  • January 20, 2010 at 6:50 am
    Former Status Quo says:
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    It is not so much that arming the ships is illegal it is more about the fact that most commerical ports will not allow armed ships into the harbor.

  • January 21, 2010 at 9:23 am
    Scooter says:
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    Use drones for protection. When a ship appears to be threatended they can activate the Emergency Drone System “EDS” — drones come in and take care of the problem. The only drawback here is the location and timing of the event…it’s pretty big ocean.

  • January 21, 2010 at 11:03 am
    Texas says:
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    What I find funny as hell is that the original pirates, when they came under attack by the second group of pirates, had the gall to call the anti-piracy force for help! LMAO

  • January 21, 2010 at 3:34 am
    no tolerance says:
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    LOL…Putz…your assumptions are way off base just as your judgement is off base. One who makes hasty assumptions might be considered a loon. That’s right Old Pro..they become targets of combat…just as they should. Some situations require action similar to the last SEAL mission. Take care of business and call it a day skipping the red tape and sending a message.
    Incidently…being through several wars since 1965 over 26 years of service and dog tagged as a flag waving, 2nd amendment advocate renders me qualified not only as a “volunteer” but also one who is justified and qualified to tell you where your unqualified UN opinion should be stowed.

  • January 21, 2010 at 6:19 am
    wudchuck says:
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    well, first of all, you would mainly needed at the pirating seas. you can transfer these folks off onto a military ship or another ship going the other direction w/o entering a port. but if countries use their heads, they would see that this an important issue to keep goods moving across the seas. inports and exports are heavily relied upon by many countries via the seas. if these countries/companies are willing to pay these ransom notes, then they are charging their consumers way too much money. and you wonder why the price of oil is $$$???



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