Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Somali Pirates release Spanish fishing vessel

From The BBC

Somali pirates have released a Spanish trawler and its crew after holding it for six weeks, Spain's prime minister has confirmed.

Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the pirates had abandoned the Alakrana tuna boat and that all 36 crew on board were "safe and sound".

The pirates earlier told reporters they were leaving the ship after being promised a ransom of $3.5m (£2.1m).

However, just as this one was released,

• Pirates seized the MV Theresa VIII, a chemical tanker with a crew of 28 North Koreans in waters off Somalia on Monday, Navfor said

What I found most interesting in this article, was this.

• Navfor guards aboard a Ukrainian cargo ship, the MV Lady Juliet, successfully fought off pirates in the Gulf of Aden, also on Monday

There hasn't been much in the press regarding armed guards onboard vessels.

I don't know why this Ukrainian ship had Navfor guards. Perhaps it has something to do with the Russians.

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