Somali Pirates Threaten to Blow Up Oil-Tanker

21 April 2010 (Last Updated April 21st, 2010 18:30)

Somali pirates have threatened to blow up a hijacked South Korean oil supertanker unless a $20m ransom is paid. South Korea has sent a destroyer to intercept the Samho Dream, which has two million barrels of crude oil and its crew of 24. It has 21 Filipino crew members

Somali pirates have threatened to blow up a hijacked South Korean oil supertanker unless a $20m ransom is paid.

South Korea has sent a destroyer to intercept the Samho Dream, which has two million barrels of crude oil and its crew of 24.

It has 21 Filipino crew members, Andrew Mwangura of the Kenya-based East Africa Seafarers’ Assistance Programme told Reuters.

The Panama-flagged MV Voc Daisy was also seized in the early hours of Wednesday, 190 miles south-east of the Omani port of Salalah.

Maritime experts say the pirates have stepped up attacks, largely due to good weather that favours their operations.