Russians free oil tanker crew

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  1. Any ipods get injured?
  2. I don't think Russian tanker crews use ipods. But I might be wrong.
  3. Well done, hope there was a carpet of dead pirates floating on the sea afterwards.
  4. 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)
  5. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    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.
  6. 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.
  7. msr

    msr LE

  8. Perhaps they didn't keep up they payments on tehm?
  9. 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..
  10. 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:
  11. 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.
  12. 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).

  13. Ransom them :twisted:
  14. You know, you have a future. I'll watch out for your name in the FT.