Saturday, July 12, 2014

Yo, ho, ho, and a tanker of diesel

Reminder; colonialism by European nations had a purpose; control of the high seas for safe passage of commercial vessels;
"What we have seen in Southeast Asia over the past two and half months are a series of serious attacks against very small coastal tankers. They are targeting a very specific area of shipping; it's a very specific type of vessel which is carrying diesel oil and marine gas oil," says [Pottengal Mukundan, Director of the London-based International Maritime Bureau].
They are, nevertheless, worth it. One of the ships hijacked in the area last month was carrying some four million liters of diesel, worth about two million dollars in the black market.
Since there is now no Royal Navy to track down the pirates and hang them, expect it to continue.

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