In their most audacious act to date, pirates this week captured a huge supertanker carrying up to $100 million worth of oil off the east coast of Africa.
The attack on the Saudi-owned Sirius Star marks an escalation in stakes as shipping companies run the gauntlet along key trade routes.
It follows the September capture of the MV Faina, a Ukrainian vessel loaded with weapons and tanks. Why are there so many pirates in this region in particular? Read full article »