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Major shipper skirts Gulf of Aden to avoid pirates

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Somali pirates maintain control of tanker

AP Video - Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 12:17 EST

A supertanker loaded with two million barrels of oil is hijacked by Somali pirates far off the coast of Kenya. An official in Somalia is vowing to rescue the ship, using force if necessary.

Reuters

MOGADISHU — One of the world's biggest shipping firms said on Thursday it will no longer send part of its huge merchant fleet through the Suez Canal because of rampant piracy off Somalia's coast.

Danish shipper A.P. Moller-Maersk is routing some of its 50 oil tankers around the Cape of Good Hope instead.

Norway's Frontline, which ferries much of the Middle East's oil to world markets, said it was considering a similar step.

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