Major Shippers Change Routes to Avoid Pirates

[Reuters-Washington Post] Abdi Sheikh - Rampant piracy off Somalia is forcing shipping companies to avoid the Suez Canal and send cargoes on a longer journey around southern Africa, industry officials said on Thursday. Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk is routing some of its 50 oil tankers around the Cape of Good Hope instead and Intertanko said many other tanker firms were doing the same. They were responding to Saturday's capture by Somali pirates of a Saudi Arabian supertanker loaded with $100 million worth of oil, the biggest ship hijacking in history.

2008-11-21 01:00:00

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