Pirates of (mis)fortune
IN THE BIGGEST ACT of piracy yet recorded in Somalia’s troubled waters, pirates boarded a Saudi super-tanker carrying oil worth US$100m and a Hong Kong registered ship loaded with wheat destined for Iran. The attacks – which happened within 24 hours of each other – again highlighted the risks ships took sailing in the Gulf of Aden and off Somalia’s coast. THE CITIZEN reported that Nato – reacting to the seizures – was considering deploying warships to patrol the seaway. The London Financial Times warned the seizure of the Saudi tanker could have a negative impact on the price of Brent crude oil, which had dropped drastically over the past month.
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