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NAIROBI, Kenya — Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship with 21 crew members aboard, a diplomat and a U.S. Navy spokesman said.
The Kenya-based diplomat identified the vessel as the 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama and said all the crew members are American. The diplomat spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The U.S. Navy confirmed that a U.S. flagged ship with 21 members of crew was hijacked early Wednesday off the eastern coast of Somalia.
Originally posted by jsobecky The tanker was an American flagged ship. Will the US react swiftly and forcefully to answer this crime against their commerce? Or will the new administration decide to sit down and negotiate with the Somalian pirates?
Originally posted by kdial1
This will be over swiftly, navy seal extraction teams will be in and out before we know it. The operation is probably happening right now. Don't fret, I am former navy and have full confidence in the teams.
Originally posted by Zaphod58 They have to either require all ships traveling the area to be escorted, or funnel them into "roadways" where the anti-pirate forces can stay near and respond quickly to.
The Babylonians developed a system which was recorded in the famous Code of Hammurabi, c. 1750 BC, and practised by early Mediterranean sailing merchants. If a merchant received a loan to fund his shipment, he would pay the lender an additional sum in exchange for the lender's guarantee to cancel the loan should the shipment be stolen.en.wikipedia.org...
(Forgive the use of Wiki...it inflames some folks)
Originally posted by Kords21
It will be interesting to see how Obama handles this.
Originally posted by JohnnyCanuck
Between ransoms paid and insurance premiums, I'm certain that there is enough pressure being applied to have shipping funnelled into secure lanes. Marine insurance has been a fact of life for centuries. It has inertia.
Originally posted by Seekerof
Team Obama will "handle" this about as well as they are handling North Korea and the two female journalists being held by the North Korean government. Hey, maybe Team Obama will demand that the U.N. spew out a resolution condemning these pirates and their ongoing acts. Opps, wait, we are still waiting for the failure of an international organization, the U.N., to rush out a resolution against North Korea....
Originally posted by jsobecky
This ship was 350 nautical miles from shore. It was attacked by speedboats.