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So, today a group of Somalian Pirates stole a large aircraft carrier sized Crude Oil Tanker under Saudi control. The article I was reading says that most deals from these pirates bring in $1+ million on average and the pirates have earned over $30 million in ransoms for persons alone. It is seen as the most lucrative line of work for many people in Somalia and pirate attacks are up ~75% this year.
This stolen tanker is able to carry 2 million barrels of crude at max capacity worth up to an estimated $100 million. However the somalians have no way to unload the oil or refine it, so I guess they are just hitting anything that can move?
So, a few months ago they stole a load of Russian tanks. Now they are stealing crude oil from the Saudis. Who will they piss off next?
I'm just trying to imaging how much more it would've cost the Dubai company to have a crew of say 50 armed guys instead of 25 unarmed regulars. I mean a gigantic sea vessel is basically a large platform floating in the water. To board it you'd need to climb something. If you were climbing up a rope and someone held a gun over the top ledge pointed down at you, I feel like I'd give up climbing.