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German Ship Released after $5.7Million US Ransom Paid June 18, 2011

Posted by Chris Mark in Piracy & Maritime Security.
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According to a story in Reuters the Antigua and Barbuda-flagged Susan K, and with its crew of 10 Ukrainians and Filipinos, was released on Thursday after a ransom reported at $5.7 million US was paid to the Somali pirates.  The ship had been held since April when their ship was hijacked by Somali pirates.

While some view piracy as a relatively benign act the pirates are increasing in their sophistication of attacks and violence against crews.  Somali pirates are now braving summer storms and winter monsoons to attack vessels. In addition to physical and emotional abuse over months of captivity new reports suggest that captives are being press ganged into piracy groups and being forced to participate in attacks on vessels.

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