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Is the world safe for pirates?

Ran across this today scanning for news.

http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEdition/Article.aspx?id=851953

Whatever is in that ship is dangerous or is this more propaganda?

You decide I have no clue what to believe anymore.

Comments

  • BushMonkeyBushMonkey Member Posts: 1,406

    Hmm strangely enough i am unable to access the original Times article, all i can find is second hand info from unofficial sources, maybe the Times retracted the article.

    www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2008/09/mystery_surrounds_hi.php

    A tense standoff is underway in northeastern Somalia between pirates, Somali authorities, and Iran over a suspicious merchant vessel and its mysterious cargo. Hijacked late last month in the Gulf of Aden, the MV Iran Deyanat remains moored offshore in Somali waters and inaccessible for inspection. Its declared cargo consists of minerals and industrial products

    The MV Iran Deyanat is owned and operated by the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL) - a state-owned company run by the Iranian military that was sanctioned by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on September 10, shortly after the ship's hijacking. According to the U.S. Government, the company regularly falsifies shipping documents in order to hide the identity of end users, uses generic terms to describe shipments to avoid the attention of shipping authorities, and employs the use of cover entities to circumvent United Nations sanctions to facilitate weapons proliferation for the Iranian Ministry of Defense.

     

    The MV Iran Deyanat was brought to Eyl, a sleepy fishing village in northeastern Somalia, and was secured by a larger gang of pirates - 50 onboard and 50 onshore. Within days, pirates who had boarded the ship developed strange health complications, skin burns and loss of hair. Independent sources tell The Long War Journal that a number of pirates have also died

    News about the illness and the toxic cargo quickly reached Garowe, seat of the government for the autonomous region of Puntland. Angered over the wave of piracy and suspicious about the Iranian ship, authorities dispatched a delegation led by Minister of Minerals and Oil Hassan Allore Osman to investigate the situation on September 4

    Once in direct contact, the pirates told Osman that they had attempted to inspect the ship's seven cargo containers after they developed health complications but the containers were locked. The crew claimed that they did not have the "access codes" and could not open them. The delegation secured contact with the captain and the engineer by cell phone and demanded to know the nature of the cargo, however, Osman says that "they were saying different things to different people." Initially they said that the cargo contained "crude oil" but then claimed it contained "minerals."

    In a strange twist, the Iranian press claims that the U.S. has offered to pay a $7 million bribe to the pirates to "receive entry permission and search the vessel."

    www.presstv.ir/Detail.aspx 


    It could be poorly stored  industrial chemicals on board the ship, i worked at a chemical plant for a few years back in the 80's and was warned about some of the chemicals they kept on hand. Stuff that could kill you if you got even one square inch on your body.

     

  • WaterlilyWaterlily Member UncommonPosts: 3,105

    wow

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