Somali Pirates Free S. Korean Ship And 43 Crew Members
From Fox News
Somali pirates on Wednesday released a South Korean ship seized four months ago while fishing for crabs, while another group of sea bandits captured a Greek-flagged supertanker carrying oil to the Gulf of Mexico.
The attack against the supertanker is the second successful attack against an oil tanker in two days. Such vessels can command higher ransoms because of the value of the crude on board.
Increasing ransoms for captured ships and crew appear to have given pirates even more incentives to launch attacks despite stepped-up patrols by an international flotilla of warships. With Wednesday”s release and capture, pirates now hold at least 29 ships and 660 hostages.