Pirates seize $100m Saudi Super Tanker

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  1. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    Somali pirates have seized a giant Saudi-owned oil tanker in the Indian Ocean and are steering it towards Somalia, the US Navy reports.


    The Sirius Star is the biggest ship ever to be hijacked, with a capacity of 2m barrels - more than one-quarter of Saudi Arabia's daily output.

    The vessel was captured on Saturday some 450 nautical miles (830km) off the Kenyan coast.

    Its international crew of 25, including two Britons, is said to be safe.

    US Navy officials said the hijacking was unprecedented and marks a fundamental shift in their capabilities.

    'Holding hostages'

    Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the pirates were well trained.

    "They're very good at what they do," he told a Pentagon briefing in Washington


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  3. draqon Banned Banned

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    Russia got its ships in Somalia waters protecting cargos as well...guess the Saudis didnt pay anyone for escort
     
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  5. draqon Banned Banned

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    But heh, cosmic, wouldnt it be nice to become a pirate once for a change? I mean after dull office life, go outthere to the sea and the ocean with a M-14 and rocket launchers and stop big metal ship with lots of goodies...oh what a glorious end to cherish
     
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  7. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I think that their timing is a bit off. Oil is only 50.00 a barrel now but 1 month ago it was 150.00!
     
  8. cosmictraveler Be kind to yourself always. Valued Senior Member

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    I'd not like to be using that weaponry around 2 million gallons of oil!

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  9. draqon Banned Banned

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    so what? its fun, man. The pirate American Mr.Cosmic, after serving the US army, the general forfeits into Somalia and joins the Somalian Pirates...friends and family in shock...
     
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  11. Killjoy Propelling The Farce!! Valued Senior Member

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    Why not ?

    It'd be pretty spiffy to blow a hole in that sukka and watch it go FWOOOOSH !!!

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  12. madanthonywayne Morning in America Registered Senior Member

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    Pirates seize $100m Oil Super Tanker

    In what was the largest heist by pirates in world history, pirates have seized the Saudi super tanker Sirius Star which was fully laden with 2 million barrels of oil!
     
  13. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

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    Well, at least it won't be hard to find it.
     
  14. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    We could stop it if we wanted to do so. No one is willing to pay the price, so .......fuck 'em.

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  15. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

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    OK, let me get this straight. A ship with a quarter of Saudi Arabia's daily oil export loaded onto it, sailing in a pirate infested seazone, and only a crew of 25?
     
  16. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    Nope, they were in the open waters far from the "known" pirate zones.

    We could stop the piracy if we wanted to. But no one seems interested in paying the price. So, ....fuck 'em!

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  17. G. F. Schleebenhorst England != UK Registered Senior Member

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    What, like the pirates are rooted to the spot?
     
  18. MacGyver1968 Fixin' Shit that Ain't Broke Valued Senior Member

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    I heard one of the pirates entered the bridge wearing a steering wheel around his crotch...when asked about it by the captain...the pirate replied.."Arrrggg...it's drivin' me nuts!"

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  19. S.A.M. uniquely dreadful Valued Senior Member

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    Somalia is in the grip of US backed Ethiopian occupation. They need money to fight the 500 million dollars the US is pouring into Ethiopia to assist their genocide. An oil tanker is not much, but it will meet some costs. Before this they hijacked a Mossad ship and an Indian ship.

     
  20. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    ....LOL! So it's all the fault of the Americans, huh, SAM??

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    Of course one wonders why you bother to link anything ....why not just make up one simple phrase like "Every problem of the world is caused by the USA!", then just post it on every single thread? Wouldn't that be easier? :shrug:

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  21. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    Area of usual or normal operations. In this case they were far to the south in what was considered safe waters.

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  22. otheadp Banned Banned

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    Let'm drink it.
     
  23. Baron Max Registered Senior Member

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    It is going to be quite interesting to see what they do with the damned thing!

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