According to the International Maritime Bureau’s Live Piracy Map, this week’s highjacking of a Saudi supertanker is far from an isolated incident.
The map is littered with clickable pointers that provide continual updates on recent high-seas hijackings. (Newshounds will notice that the waters off East Africa are especially busy.) And the targets range from yachts to VLCCs (very large crude carriers) — like the Saudi Sirius Star, which had more than $100 million worth of crude oil on board when it was seized by Somali pirates. As of this mailing, TK TK UPDATE TK TK they’re often held for ransom, or murdered.
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