Somali pirates seized a tanker carrying crude oil from Saudi Arabia to the U.S. in the increasingly dangerous waters off East Africa, an official said Monday, an attack that could pose a huge environmental or security threat to the region.
The Greece-flagged Maran Centaurus was hijacked Sunday about 800 miles off the coast of Somalia, said Cmdr. John Harbour, a spokesman for the EU Naval Force. Harbour said it originated from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and was destined for the U.S. The ship has 28 crew members on board, he said.
The pirate problem off Somalia has been one that the US public knows about and talks about but isn’t really interested in doing anything about. If gas prices go up because of this latest hijacking, could that change?
Will soccer moms driving their kids to school in minivans suddenly be calling to hang pirates from the yard arm?
We can only hope.