Somali pirates seize British ship

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  1. As it's british.. anychance we'll go get it back and give em a good kicking? 8)

    "Somali pirates have seized a British-owned cargo ship and a Taiwanese ship, maritime officials say, after capturing three other vessels over the weekend"

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7985374.stm
     
  2. The french will do something about that yacht. I doubt anyone will bother to spend the resources helping the other boats, particularly as the British owned one flies a Panamanian flag so the chances of RM involvement are about zero.
     
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  4. We should let them hijack a ship secretly filled with explosives and then when it is in their lair phone the magic number. Like the Campbeltown :)
     
  5. Wonder what a French yacht is doing in that area anyway ...
     
  6. Err sailing? Retard.
     
  7. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Leaving flag-of-convenience ships to fry might actually make shipowners and their insurers think again about registry. Poor sods on board though.
     

  8. Harsh, but fair :lol:
     
  9. So the crew's foreign, it's sailing under a foreign flag and working for foreigners?

    I'm struggling to care, to be honest.
     
  10. Good practice for our subs too :D
     
  11. Now THERE'S a suggestion! Shipping registration has become a huge joke really, with the world divided between those states that follow the letter and spirit of IMO regulations and those that, quite frankly, take the p1ss. The British owners who decided to register their ship as Panamanian should be invited to contact the mighty Armed Forces of Panama, should they want their boat back...
     
  12. After what the frogs did last time the pirates threatened to execute any further captured French. Although where this info was sourced was never clarified.
     
  13. Perfect. I suspect,though, that your talents are being wasted in the wrong job.
     
  14. Flight

    Flight LE Book Reviewer

    I think the oil tankers we ended up escorting in the Gulf many years ago took up Gibraltan registry so as to gain our protection. Still taking the piss but only slightly.

    Unfortunately flags of convenience have taken away one of the roles of the Royal Navy.
     
  15. i was chatting to a broker in the owners london office yesterday afternoon it seems at the present time all the crew is well and they are doing all that they can to get every one home asap!

    however, he did seem rather concerend about what we are all going to do about the area of east africa over the next few months, it seem every day there is a fresh attack but we can not realy avoid the area

    btw she has a panama flag!