Pirates in pounds 500k ransom.PIRATES on board a hijacked chemical tanker
Ocean-going chemical tankers generally range from 5,000 to 40,000 dwt in size, which is considerably smaller than the average yesterday demanded a pounds 500,000 ransom.
The East Africa Seafarers' Association said the renegades vowed to "kill the crew if their demands are not met".
And a US warship warship, any ship built or armed for naval combat. The forerunners of the modern warship were the men-of-war of the 18th and early 19th cent., such as the ship of the line, frigate, corvette, sloop of war (see sloop), brig, and cutter. is unable to fire on the captured vessel as it is loaded with 40,000 tons of highly explosive benzene.
The Somali fighters boarded the Japanese-owned Golden Nori six weeks ago when it entered their country's waters.
Guided missile guided missile, self-propelled, unmanned space or air vehicle carrying an explosive warhead. Its path can be adjusted during flight, either by automatic self-contained controls or remote human control. destroyer USS Porter has blockaded the tanker. The 22 crew members come from South Korea, Myanmar and the Philippines.
Somalia's transitional government is battling Islamic insurgents. The chaos means pirate ships can freely cruise the coastline.
Pirates have recently seized merchant ships, vessels carrying aid and even a cruise ship.