Oil Tanker Lays The Smack Down On Somali Pirates


Just two days after a U.S. bound tanker carrying $20 million of crude oil was siezed by swashbucklers, a Greek oil tanker succesfully fended off a group of Somali pirates by using flares and high-pressure hoses against their automatic weapons.

Boston.com: The coast guard said the 16 Filipino and eight Greek seamen on board were unhurt. The Sikinos had set off from Sudan with a shipment of oil.

The Maran Centaurus, which pirates boarded on Sunday, is headed toward Somalia’s coast. The attacks highlight the difficulty of keeping ships safe in the region — particularly oil tankers.

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