Lloyd’s List report that the Stolt tanker vessel “Strength” has been freed. This is the tanker crew that I talked about in my last post. They have been captives of the pirates for over six months. The 23 Filipino crew members are said to be safe and the vessel is proceeding to its next port of call. There have been over 102 pirate attacks in the first quarter of 2009, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Thank God that the crew has been returned safely. Again, while I understand why the American media did not start to report about the pirates until Americans were at risk, but the growing threat of piracy is a threat to the world. I hope that our government and the other governments of the world will continue to address this issue.
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