Russians free oil tanker crew

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Russian military sailors detain 10 pirates from tanker, one dead



Russian sailors from the large anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov have detained 10 pirates and killed one during the release of a Russian tanker hijacked in the Gulf of Aden, a high-ranking official from the maritime coalition forces said on Thursday.

The Moscow University tanker with 23 Russian crewmembers and 86,000 tons of oil was hijacked by Somali pirates on Wednesday around 8.00 a.m. Moscow time [04:00 GMT], when it was on its way from the Red Sea to China. The pirates attacked the Russian vessel 350 miles east of the Gulf of Aden.

"During the reconnaissance preceding the assault operation, the Russian sailors simultaneously used helicopters and speedboats while special forces covertly approached the tanker," the official said adding that after a short shootout the pirates were detained and put under the custodial guard to one of the tanker's compartment..

"During the large anti-submarine ship Marshal Shaposhnikov's special operation, the pirates on board the Moscow University tanker opened fire using small arms. One of them [pirates] was shot during return fire," the military official said, adding none of the Russian sailors was injured.

According to the ministry official, the pirates' weapons were seized, including large-caliber, grenade launchers and the equipment used to board the tanker (ladder and grappling hooks).
MOSCOW, May 6 (RIA Novosti)

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20100506/158894303.html
 

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#6
The keys to this are that (1) there has to be a 'Safe Room' compartment in the ship that cannot be forced by pirates (2) ALL the crew have to get into the Safe Room and lock themselves in BEFORE the pirates can take any of them hostage and (3) the crew have to have some way of getting the message out. It's only when it is certain that the crew are safely sequestered that forceful action can be taken.

I am rather surprised that the Russians, for whom Human Rights have never been much of an issue, didn't as Chaucer put it send the pirates home by sea on every hand.
 
#7
Well done the Russians. Do the safe rooms on these ships have comms and the ability to overrride the bridge controls? I know I'd be a bit reluctant to lock myself away in a potential drifting distaster movie and let a third world mong drive the thing.
 
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#9
Perhaps they didn't keep up they payments on tehm?
 
#10
Well done. Now is the question - what to do with the pirates? :-0 The pirates ought to be hanged, but Russia has no death penalty any more, so that's a problem..
 
#11
gulag?
Siberian jail would probably finish them off :evil:
congratulations you can claim asylum in Moscow comrades no dole no housing and the people really don't like Muslims enjoy :evil:
 
#12
Henry said:
Well done. Now is the question - what to do with the pirates? :-0 The pirates ought to be hanged, but Russia has no death penalty any more, so that's a problem..
Like BrightonHippy said, muslims and ethnics in general aren't generally very popular in Russia. Their levels of toleration are similar to America before hippies were invented. I doubt they'd make it to Russia at all one way or another.
 
#13
I think they should be released immediately and allowed to swim home. Before being escorted off the boat, they should have their heavy calibre weapons strapped to them (empty of live rounds of course).
 
#14
Henry said:
Well done. Now is the question - what to do with the pirates? :-0 The pirates ought to be hanged, but Russia has no death penalty any more, so that's a problem..

Ransom them :twisted:
 
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Taffnp said:
Henry said:
Well done. Now is the question - what to do with the pirates? :-0 The pirates ought to be hanged, but Russia has no death penalty any more, so that's a problem..

Ransom them :twisted:
You know, you have a future. I'll watch out for your name in the FT.
 
#16
Henry said:
Well done. Now is the question - what to do with the pirates? :-0 The pirates ought to be hanged, but Russia has no death penalty any more, so that's a problem..
Here's your answer:

Russia frees Somali pirates captured in Gulf of Aden
BBC News 7 May 2010 said:
Russia has released Somali pirates captured during the dramatic rescue of a Russian oil tanker earlier this week. The Russian defence ministry said the gang was freed because of "imperfections" in international law...
Russia Frees Pirates It Seized Days Ago
New York Times 7 May 2010 said:
MOSCOW – Two days after Russian marines captured 10 Somali pirates in a much-ballyhooed high-seas shootout, freeing Russian crew members who had huddled for 20 hours in the dank safety of the engine room, Russia’s Defense Ministry on Friday announced an anticlimactic ending to the saga.

They put the pirates back on their boat and set them free.

“It is much easier to catch pirates than to decide what to do with them,” said Gen. Nikolai Y. Makarov, the chief of Russia’s general staff, in comments carried by the Interfax news service. What ensues, he said, is a series of headaches: Russian law provides no basis for detaining them, and when Russian forces release them to their home countries, they are frequently accused of human rights violations. “It is extremely difficult to handle such issues from a legal standpoint,” he said...
It's not just the RN that's hamstrung.
 
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Speedy said:
Well done the Russians. Do the safe rooms on these ships have comms and the ability to overrride the bridge controls? I know I'd be a bit reluctant to lock myself away in a potential drifting distaster movie and let a third world mong drive the thing.
Quite. The thing is preventing them from boarding in the first place and the best way of doing that is by spraying them with ordnance. I don't see why this is such a big deal. I think the novelty of piracy will soon wear off and they'll go back to fishing and slavery, or whatever else it is they do in that part of the world.
 
#19
I don't see a problem with releasing them into their own boat. Confiscate their fuel, put a few holes in the hull and any water tanks, then drop them off in the middle of the ocean. It may also be prudent to handcuff them to something solid in the bilges.

For PR purposes, it would be a good idea to handcuff one of them to an upper deck handrail, so that you have video of him waving goodbye as you sail off.
 
#20
Pity they were not aboard the Russian ship, the Captain could have told the Pirates, we have to let you go, so off you go :)
 

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