Somali pirates back at it: Another oil super-tanker seized
Pirates seized the U.S.-bound oil super-tanker Maran Centaurus today while it sailed far off the lawless Somali coast.
The 300,000-metric-ton Greek-owned ship can carry up to 2 million barrels of oil. Maritime officials speculated that it was probably the farthest offshore that pirates had taken a ship.
In this case, nine pirates boarded and seized the Centaurus and held its 28-man crew in the Somali basin, some 600 miles from the Seychelles, the European Union said today. The crew -- from Greece, the Philippines, Ukraine and Romania -- is reported to be "well," according to this report from the Times of London.
The last time Somali pirates grabbed an oil tanker was in November 2008, when they took the Saudi tanker Sirius Star, which was released for a ransom of $3 million.
Meanwhile in the U.S., oil is down below $76 per barrel today, as traders fear that the global recovery is not as strong as hoped, meaning less oil will be purchased.
-- Frank Ahrens
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November 30, 2009; 11:46 AM ET
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