the BBC reports that another two ships were seized by pirates off the coast of somalia .
Pirates seize tankers off Somalia
Pirates have seized two European-owned tankers off the coast of Somalia in the past day, officials have said.
The Greek-owned vessel Nipayia, with 19 crew on board, was seized on Wednesday, the Nato Shipping Centre said.
The Norwegian-owned tanker Bow Asir was captured by pirates on Thursday. It had a crew of 27 on board, the Norwegian Shipowners' Association said.
Warships from more than a dozen nations currently patrol the region, following a spike in pirate attacks in 2008.
A European Union naval taskforce of seven warships reports some success in preventing other seizures, BBC diplomatic correspondent James Robbins says.
But a spokesman for the taskforce stressed that patrolling more than a million square miles of ocean is a huge undertaking, our correspondent reports.
Some ships are taking successful counter-measures and outrunning the pirates, he says, while others are sailing in groups along sea corridors where they can be offered better protection.
can't help wondering why the ships are not all moving in conveys through those pirate infested waters - perhaps the shipowners have too much money ?
if the ships are insured against acts of piracy , i wonder if the shipping companies will be able to continue purchasing insurance if they are not changing they operational mode .
from The Times Of London :
September 11, 2008
Shipping insurance cost soars with piracy surge off Somalia - Miles Costello
A dramatic increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia and a ten-fold increase in insurance premiums has sent the cost of sending ships through one of the world's busiest transport routes, soaring, shipping experts said yesterday.
The warning came as pirates hijacked the latest cargo ship off the Horn of Africa yesterday. The South Korean vessel and its nine crew joined 10 other ships being held for ransom by pirates in Somali waters as the country suffers a crippling humanitarian crisis and its worst bout of insecurity since the early 1990s.
Insurance companies have increased premiums for sending a cargo shipment through the Gulf of Aden to about $9,000 from $900 a year ago.Meanwhile, the pirates, who use speed boats and are armed with rocket propelled grenades and assault rifles, have become increasingly sophisticated in their attacks. Ships are typically held for at least three months before a ransom, which averages $1million, can secure their release.