PIRATES BOARD THE SIRIUS STAR
Tuesday November 18th, 2008
SUPER-TANKER HIJACK CRISIS
Hijacked super-tanker, The Sirius Star, is reported to have anchored off the coast of Somalia. Somali pirates seized the Saudi vessel on Saturday around 450 nautical miles southeast on Mombassa carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil with an estimated value of US$100mil. The 25 crewmembers that have also been taken hostage include British, Croatian, Polish, Filipino and Saudi nationals.
The Sirius Star is the largest vessel to be targeted in an escalating cycle of acts of piracy around the Gulf of Arden. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saudi al-Faisal on Tuesday condemned the hijacking as 'an outrageous act' and stated, 'piracy, like terrorism, is a disease which is against everybody, and everybody must address it together.'
Despite the tanker having been seized on it’s way to the States the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet said it would not be sending ships to intercept the tanker. NTO has also stated it will not be getting involved. The deputy seaport minister for northern Somalia’s Puntland region, Abdullkadir Musa has said that if the tanker anchors anywhere near Eyl (where U.S. intelligence believes it is heading) then his forces will rescue it. He added that this would be done ‘by using force if necessary.
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