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Yarr, mateys! Avast and behold the tales of modern piracy...

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - A Somali pirate spokesman says his group will not release a hijacked Ukrainian cargo ship loaded with arms for less than $20 million.

Sugule Ali told the Associated Press on Thursday the pirates would "never" reduce the ransom of the Ukrainian freighter loaded with 33 Soviet-designed tanks and other weapons. The MV Faina was seized last Thursday and is now anchored off the coast of central Somalia.

The pirates have been negotiating with the ship's owners. There are 20 crew aboard the ship.

Ali warned that any attempt at deception or commando raids on the ship would be met with repercussions.

Amused as I am by pirates having spokesmen and demanding ransom as opposed to drinking wenches, I have to consider the logistics of comandeering a vessel with cased and munition-free weapons on board. And maintaining the demand for a $20M ransom while the Russian Navy is standing by to blow you the fuck out of the water. Offhand, I'd say it's a pretty untenable position.

Then again, I don't make my living by boarding cargo ships and taking them over.

They've had the ship for a week now. Apparently, there has been some success among pirates in getting ransom for ships and crew after about a month.

Personally, I think that there should be a multinational contingent of stealth ships packed with ninjas sent into the waters in that area to combat the pirates.


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Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:22 pm (UTC)
The challenge in "drinking wenches" is liquefying them first.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
It's easier if you do the drinking first.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 07:40 pm (UTC)
yeah this pirate story has been cracking me up. at least it provides some lighthearted news, amongst all the rest of the apocolyptic crap i'm seeing.

go pirates!
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm really curious as to how this one's gonna pan out. Considering that there have already been two known ransom payouts, it makes me wonder.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
Except that it isn't lighthearted to the poor 20 crewmembers left on board. This isn't Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean. These men are monsters. Yes, they made an incredibly stupid move when they grabbed this ship, but it's the welfare of the men on board that they'll negotiate with.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
That's cheeky. Do they believe the Russian Navy is going to stand by and let them escape? Or would they take the crew as hostages with them?

Either way, I find it depressing that my Pirate bretheren are reduced to using little inflatable rafts.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Those are actually real powerboats, not inflatables.
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
what would those pirated do if we just hooked up five tugs and pulled their ass out of there, parked them on the artic circle and waited for them to get cold and go home?
Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
They'd start torturing the 20 crewmembers they're holding as hostages. There are things that are worse than death.
Oct. 3rd, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Piracy has been a serious problem for quite a few years now. It got some occasional mention in the first few years after the fall of what passed for a government in Somalia, and in the last six years or so (coincidentally, ever since all our guns were pointed at Iraq with nary a thought to legitimate concerns in the rest of the world) it's reached new heights.

These pirates seize ships and cargo by force, traffic in weapons on a scale that Saddam Hussein could only sigh wistfully about after 1990, and entertain their captives with beatings and rapes and murder. And profit handsomely. There is nothing cute or silly or whimsical to be found in any of this.
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