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Monday, November 17, 2008

Somali Al-Shabaab Pirates Hijack Saudi oil tanker with Britons on board, Oil was headed for the USA and your car !

A huge oil tanker with two British crew members has been seized by Somali pirates in the first attack on a ship laden with oil in the dangerous waters off the east coast of Africa.

The 1,000 ft-long Sirius Star, a super crude oil tanker, was taken over by pirates on Saturday around 450 nautical miles off Kenya in the Arabian Sea.

The large oil tanker, which can hold up to two million barrels of crude oil, is owned by Aramco, a Saudi company, but was sailing under a Liberian flag ( a new ship as of April 2008). Reports indicate that the super tanker Sirius Star, (which can carry about 2 million barrels of oil, fully loaded the ship's cargo could be worth about $100 million), has been towed into the Somali Port of Ely, by the al-Shabaab linked Somali Pirates !

The Islamist gunmen from the al Shabaab group opposing Somalia's weak interim government have also received a five per cent cut of the $1.5 million paid out for a Spanish ship released several months ago. They are also expecting a share of any money paid out for the Ukrainian ship and two Greek ships held at Hobyo. "They are waiting for some money from these three ships held in our area. Most of the al Shabaab who asked for money are in the same sub-subclan with the pirates around Hobyo," Ali said. The United States has linked al Shabaab as a terrorist organisation to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda. Al-Shabaab Terrorists have their offical website hosted in the USA.

The Foreign Office confirmed that two of those on board the Sirius Star were British but could not give any details of their role on the ship. “We are seeking more information on the incident,” a spokesman said. The vast ship and its 25 crew, including members from the UK, Croatia, the Philippines, Poland and Saudi Arabia, have been under the command of an armed gang for two days. “The vessel is under the pirates’ control,” a spokesman for the US Navy 5th fleet in Bahrain said.

The Saudi ship, which is 330 meters (1,080 feet) long, had been headed for the United States via the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa. The route is a main thoroughfare for fully laden supertankers from the Gulf, the world’s biggest oil exporting region. Saudi Arabia is the largest of those exporters, sending around 7 million barrels per day to into the global markets. The International Maritime Bureau, the global clearinghouse for piracy reporting, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has seen a sharp increase in maritime piracy this year.

Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting center at the bureau, said Tuesday that 88 ships have been attacked in the Gulf of Aden alone this year. And 14 hijacked ships remain in the gulf — the heavily armed hijackers still on board, with the crews, cargo and the vessels themselves being held for ransom.

Pirates, often based in anarchic Somalia, have made the shipping routes off east Africa among the most dangerous in the world but this is the first time an oil tanker has been seized. Earlier this month it was announced that Britain would take the lead in a multi-national taskforce designed to tackle the heavily armed gangs patrolling the Arabian Sea. One of the Royal Navy’s first interventions was to subdue a gang of pirates who tried to hijack a cargo ship off Somalia last week.

KOJE CITY, South Korea, April 02, 2008 -- The second of six Vela International Marine very large crude carriers, the Sirius Star, was named recently in a ceremony at Koje City, South Korea. The event marked the first time that a Saudi woman had performed a Vela naming ceremony, which marks the birth of a new vessel.

Vela Board member Huda M. Ghoson, who is Saudi Aramco’s director of Human Resources Policy and Planning, was given the honor of naming the new ship. Also in attendance were Won-Kang Ki, senior executive vice president and chief productions officer of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd., and Saud A. Bukhari, manager of the Vela Tanker, Construction Department, plus team members from Dubai and the Korea site office. The Sirius Star is built to the latest maritime regulations and to Vela’s safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly specifications to ensure the reliable transportation of Saudi Aramco’s crude oil to its customers.

The Al-Shabaab website is http://www.kataaib.net/ and the website is hosted in the USA at the Dotster Web Co in Vancouver WA. Jihad terror sites hosted in the USA, like http://kataaib.net/ the official website of the Somali Harakat Al-Shabaab Al-Mujahideen, must be shut down.
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Bill Warner
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