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Support your local Pirate! by Peter A. Mello
April 29, 2010, 9:41 am
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Pirated Maersk Alabama Captain Richard Phillips on The Daily Show by Peter A. Mello

You probably remember Captain Richard Phillips, he was the master aboard the Maersk Alabama who sacrificed himself in order to protect his crew when Somali pirates tried to take over his ship.  Jon Stewart does a great interview with him.

Captain Phillips has a new book out: A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea



Silly Pirates! by Peter A. Mello
May 5, 2009, 2:16 pm
Filed under: life, maritime | Tags: , ,

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YouTube – Somali Pirates Attack French Warship By Mistake

Well, there’s really not much silly or fun about Somali pirates these days. This video does beg one to ask how they get themselves 1,100 km offshore in these lightly provisioned small boats. 1,100 kms = 593 nautical miles which is approximately the distance to Bermuda from the US mainland. Imagine making that trip in a skiff with an outboard and no head! Obviously they are supported by feeder ships which begs the next question of why the multilateral naval forces can’t easily find and capture or destroy these larger vessels.

What an absurd situation professional mariners find themselves in in that part of the world! More 18th century than 21st!

Thanks to AMVER via Twitter

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More Proof That Americans Don’t Take #$@& From Pirates by Peter A. Mello
April 16, 2009, 3:24 pm
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Not safe for work, unless you work on a ship. Then it’s mandatory viewing.

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YouTube – The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou scene

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China’s Secret Anti-Pirate Defense System: Dolphins? by Peter A. Mello
April 15, 2009, 9:58 am
Filed under: maritime, storytelling | Tags: , ,

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BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhuanet) — Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday.

The Chinese merchant ships escorted by a China’s fleet sailed on the Gulf of Aden when they met some suspected pirate ships. Thousands of dolphins suddenly leaped out of water between pirates and merchants when the pirate ships headed for the China’s.

The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away. The pirates could only lament their littleness befor the vast number of dolphins. The spectacular scene continued for a while.

The suspected pirates ships stopped and then turned away.(Photo: Cri.cn)

China’s version of The Onion? (Check out the photo gallery)

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At Sea Reality TV: Pirate Hunters: USN by Peter A. Mello
April 13, 2009, 6:05 pm
Filed under: maritime, reality tv | Tags: , , ,

Via the Boston Globe's Big Picture blog - Search and seizure team members from the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf close in to apprehend suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden February 12, 2009. (Jason R. Zalasky/AFP/Getty Images)

You know that this wouldn’t take long. According to a report in Variety:

The Viacom-owned cabler, (Spike TV) has greenlit a pilot for “Pirate Hunters: USN” a docu series from 44 Blue Productions (“The True Story of Black Hawk Down“) that will focus on the U.S. Navy’s antipiracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

Spike and 44 Blue have struck a deal with the Navy allowing the producers and network to place cameras aboard both the USS Boxer and the USS San Antonio.

Hmmm, if Navy SEALs are involved this will certainly add a new dimension to the reality TV traditional “elimination round.”

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FotoFriday: The Big Picture on Somali Pirates by Peter A. Mello
April 10, 2009, 11:30 pm
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The Belize flagged MV Faina is escorted by a Kenyan port authority tug vessel into the port of Mombasa, Kenya on February 12, 2009, after it was released by Somali pirates a week ago. It arrived in Mombasa amid a raging controversy over its cargo of battle tanks and ammunition. While Kenya has always said the shipment was for its armed forces, several experts and diplomats in the region have revealed it was in fact destined to the government of South Sudan and was the fifth delivery of its kind in less than two years. (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)Ma

Unfortunately Somali pirates have made big news again this week. Back on March 16, 2009, the Boston Globe’s The Big Picture blog covered this story with an amazing set of images that are worth revisiting. It’s really a sad story for all involved.

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