Somali Pirates seize supertanker Sirius Star
In their latest and biggest catch, Somali Pirates were able to board Liberian-flagged supertanker Sirius Star on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2008. Unlike past pirate attacks off Somalia the Sirius Star was boarded 450 miles south east of the Kenyan port of Mombasa and then sailed north, where according to some reports the tanker was last seen close to one of the main Somali pirate center, Eyl.
The Sirius Star is operated by state oil giant Saudi Aramco’s shipping unit Vela International and was heading for the United States via the Cape of Good Hope (South Africa). At the time of the boarding, Sirius Star was carrying oil worth $100m and was staffed by a crew of 25 from Croatia, Britain, the Philippines, Poland and Saudi Arabia.
In the past NATO published the names of several suspected pirate mother vessels: