Non-UK ship seized by pirates.

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  1. Any guesses as to how long it will be before 'Stalin' Brown slopes shoulders and announces that:

    Piracy is a global problem, and we are doing everything that is necessary.........
  2. Good to see the Portos let the pirates go though as they had not attacked anyone. If a ship has a cargo manifest for carrying arms and explosives fair enough, however to track pirates back to their mother ship and not eliminate any future raids is a wee bitt iffy :? Of course the man on the spot might have only been obeying orders to release them.
  3. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    We, as a nation, wish to extend our heartfelt apologies for the actions of Sir Francis Drake during the terrible and dark years before the arrival of the National Socialist Labour Party.

    We would also like to, despite having already saved the world twice in recent months, apologise for our cretinous and weak leadership in that it hasn't the nuts to blow pirates out of the water when they attack British shipping.
  4. So now the pirates have explosives. Worrying...
  5. msr

    msr LE

    And offer the 'pirates', who clearly had a difficult upbringing, asylum in the UK with the attendant benefits.
  6. Don't worry! The fully funded and equipped chaps in the Andrew have more than enough money to deal with this.

    I hope.

    Maybe not.
  7. I'm confused.

    Where does it say UK owned, operated or Flagged please?
  8. This is more than likely going to be the response from this craven shower of sixth-form mentalitied tw@ts in Brown's gov't.

    Instead of getting an MCT team out of Poole out there and putting the pirates in harm's way, redressing the issue (and asserting some balls and authority in retrieving our ship!) before coming home for tea and medals, all we seem to get is mealy-mouthed back-peddling from Brown - this man makes no pretence of his hatred of anything and everyone in a uniform. As a national leader, he's a qualified disgrace. Obama had no such qualms - SEALs took down the bad guys without breaking sweat and then sacked off home again before their beer got warm.

    And to think, we used to have the largest merchant marine/navy afloat...

    "Britannia rules the waves", my arse. Not under a Labour gov't.

    Does anyone remember when we used to enjoy Happy Hour in this country?

    Broon's now replaced it 'Dour Hour'. :roll:

    I can't wait to see the results of the coming Local and Euro elections - they got their arse handed to them last year in the Locals, this year, Labour look to be further reduced in number - which is only a fitting reward for the mess they've made of things.
  9. Interesting... the link has changed from UK ship to Greek ship with Ukrainian complement now...

    Apparently administered by a British firm though, a connection but a far more detached one than I thought. Hope this hasn't unintentionally misled.

    Still, it does serve to highlight the general piracy threat. To be honest, it's only going to be a matter of time until a British owned, operated or flagged ship is the victim of piracy there, should we not try and sort the problem out now.
  10. Being honest, as with cruise ships, nowadays it's incredible rare to find a ship which meets all the criteria (i.e British owned, operated or flagged & crewed ship) - it's all down to cost of ownership and profitability of routes. Bottom line $$ is king and it's far cheaper to run a ship using hands who'll work for sums which would make a British merchant marine man not bother getting out of bed.

    Whilst it's still very common to see a merchant ship with a British Master or Captain, the ship's crew & complement will be like a meeting of the UN.
  11. Have any retired Gurkha's considered taking up piracy?
  12. BBC has changed (updated) the report without considering putting a note somewhere to say, 'Ooops, sorry! We know we said it was a UK ship, but now we've changed it.'