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Pirates hijack tanker with German captain

The Local · 24 Oct 2010, 15:16

Published: 24 Oct 2010 15:16 GMT+02:00

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There are 16 crew-members on board the ship apart from the captain, including 14 Filipinos and two Ukrainians.

"The crew is well. I can't say any more at the moment," Theagenis Sarris, a spokesman for the Interunity Management Corporation (IMC), told the news agency DPA on Sunday.

The pirates have not made any demands yet, Sarris said. "They usually do that a few days after the hijacking," he added. The York is currently being sailed towards Somalia, and Sarris said that the 68-year-old captain, described as "very experienced," had given the impression that he could not speak freely.

Negotiations are expected to last a long time. Another Greek shipping company recently paid hijackers €6 million ransom to get a ship back.

According to Singapore authorities, the York was attacked 90 nautical miles from Mombasa. An alarm signal was sent out in the afternoon. The ship was headed from Mombasa to Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles.

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22:30 October 24, 2010 by SilverBattleAxe
I cannot understand why all of the navies in the world are incapable of, or unwilling to, put a stop to this interuption of international commerce by a bunch of guys with rafts and a couple of automatic rifles.
02:18 October 25, 2010 by zaly

I agreed with you, with the highend and latest technology, the navies still lose with pirates hijacker.
08:56 October 25, 2010 by auniquecorn
I know why.

The instant some navel ship, (usa) blows those F+#ks out of the water, The world goes ballistic.
14:19 October 25, 2010 by auslanderus
with all these highly trained military people that USA has and other countries have, why have not gone in and taken care of these fools? I agree with blowing a few out of the waters and maybe there rest would think 2x before doing it again and the crying heart liberlas(sp) can go suck sand.
15:46 October 25, 2010 by Frenemy
...because (if you believe the rhetorical hyperbole), the military is in the business of "protecting national interests" (not corporate interests). lol
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