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    Angry Cruise ship escapes pirate hijack attempt

    This IS 2005 right???!!!! There's a news video on this link if any one is interested ... Pretty f'n scary, that's all I can say!

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    A luxury cruise liner carrying more than 300 passengers fended off an apparent attack by pirates early Saturday, the vessel's owners said.

    The Seabourn Spirit was 160 kilometres off Somalia when two speedboats closed in on the vessel and opened fire with machine-guns and a rocket-propelled grenade, say witnesses.

    Mike Rogers of British Columbia, among 18 Canadian citizens and permanent residents aboard the vessel, said he first realized they were under attack while he was still in bed.

    "It was about 5:30 in the morning and we were awakened by the sound of what we figured out was bullets ricocheting off the side of the boat," Rogers told CTV Newsnet.

    The captain came on the speaker shortly thereafter to warn passengers and the crew of the attack.

    Rogers said the captain told them: "This is not a drill. We have a boat alongside that appears to be armed. Please get low to the floor and stay away from the windows."

    Rogers told a Vancouver radio station that the captain tried to run one of the boats over. He said each speedboat had about four or five people on it.

    "He (the captain) said he was going to do anything to stop them from getting on board."

    One crew member was slightly injured by flying debris before the pirates were repulsed, said Seabourn Cruises.

    "The ship's crew immediately initiated a trained response and as a result of protective and evasive measures taken the occupants of the small craft were unable to gain access to the ship," Seabourn Cruises spokesman David Dingle said.

    The Bahamian-registered vessel suffered only minor damage. It was apparently hit by bullets, but it's unclear if the rocket-propelled grenade made contact.

    According to Dingle, no passengers were injured, although some were in shock.

    Americans and Britons were also believed to be on board the Seabourn Spirit, which was on a 16-day cruise out of Alexandria in Egypt.

    The Seabourn Spirit was on its way to Mombasa in Kenya when it was attacked. The cruise will instead end at the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles on Monday.

    The crew was reportedly able to fend off the attack by using an on-board loud acoustic bang, making the gunmen believe they were under fire, the BBC website reported.

    Dingle said there was no reason to believe that this was a terrorist attack. He said all evidence pointed to pirates.

    The Somali coast is known to be infested with pirates, who are becoming more and more brazen.

    According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), at least 23 hijackings and attempted seizures have been recorded off Somalia's coastline since mid-March.

    Two days ago, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that such activity had hampered delivery of relief supplies to more than 500,000 people in the region.

    Due to its impact on tourism, the Seafarers' Assistance Programme (SAP) is planning to convene Monday to discuss this latest attack -- the first on a cruise ship off the Somalia coast.

    Somalia has been without a functioning government since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Said Barre, and is now overrun by warlords.
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    No ***** hey!

    The Captain sure sounds like he had his poop in a group
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    I guess I would have assumed that cruise ships have some type of police force on board or someone who protects the ship. I guess not.

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    WOW >.............cool.................but then not .............pirates in 2005 !
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    Just an FYI - the shock is that you haven't heard more about these type of incidents. I'm sure some of our seafaring members can add a lot more to the subject, but in short piracy at sea has been on a rapid rise for several years. It is really big in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific areas. These guys are really brazen and will sometimes go after oil tankers and big merchant ships too.

    There have always been pirates in that part of the world. I'm sure the recent increase in incidents is at least partly caused by the fact that all the world's navies are much smaller now that they were 15 years ago so there are lots of areas where nobody is watching. During the cold war, the area where this happened would have been occupied by a large force of Soviet warships and patrolled by maritime recon aircraft. Any pirate attack would have met a quick, violent end. Those warships are now rusting away in port so it is open season again.

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    The Captain of any vessel is vested with police powers and assigns people to maintain security inport and underway.I THINK cruise ships have a security staff but they might be more to ensure that passengers don't get into crew areas,the bridge and engineering by mistake than to "Stand by to repel boarders!".
    Even in the 21st century there are people who hijack ships for profit.They don't look like Johnny Depp but they do.
    According to one shipping magazine I read,there's a few places in the SW Pacific where entire villages make a living boarding ships in the midwatch(0000-0400)and take over the bridge while others rob the crew and/or take the ship to where they can unload it and sell off what they can of the cargo.
    I don't know why the nations that claim those islands can do anything about it but there are routine reports about ships getting hijacked with their crews robbed or worse.



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    I guess I would have assumed that cruise ships have some type of police force on board or someone who protects the ship. I guess not.

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    The navies in that area oughta bring back the Q ship,an idea from WWI.The ship on the outside looked like a tramp steamer but when a U boat surfaced and started manning the deck gun,things changed and not always for the better for the U boat.
    Though any USN vessel will have deck watches,lookouts and radar surveillance which might stick out like a cop going to a crackhouse in uniform to try and bust the dealers.

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    Terrorists,priates.What's the difference?They're trying too rip off or change what they can't have either way.
    Richard Marcinko,SEAL Team 6's first CO,said that the only warning he intended to give a terrorist was"April Fool,Motherf*****".

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    Dingle said there was no reason to believe that this was a terrorist attack. He said all evidence pointed to pirates.
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    Hate to say it, but its been going on for awhile.

    3 or 4 years ago, the New York Times Sunday Magazine had an article about modern piracy going on in and around Malaisia and China. The article mentioned that many of the shipping lines had gotten to the point of hiring retired british gurkhas as security.

    a quick search of the web found the following:

    http://www.cargolaw.com/presentations_pirates.html


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    First off, they'd bloody well know if a Soviet style (most common type sommali (sp) pirates would have) had hit the ship. If those things will open up an APC like a tin can, they would leave a big hole in the side of a ship with most likey 3/8" high tensile steel hull. A lucky shot could sink some types, disable most, merchant ship.

    In 2004 the ISPS (International Ship/Port Security) Codes came into force. part of the codes require an SOP and action plan for both small boat attack/boarding and onboard security breaches. The use of firearms by merchant crews is of questionable legality and discouraged by the International maritime Organisation and about every flag state (nationality that registers ships). Speed, lookouts, evasive manuvers, and locking down the ship are the standard measures. If offensive action is taken, firehoses can be used to repel boarders. In some unconventional situations, metoer and parachute flares have been fired at attackers.

    Parts of the Caribean are bad for pirates attacking small vessels. Piracy in south america is common. Most attacks there and along the West coast of Africa are clandestine boardings where the goal is to get on and off with anything of value, ships stores or cargo, without detection, however light to moderate violence is not unknown if confronted. The horn of Africa and SE Asia are the worst, from boardings and robbery to the seizing of ships are common. Moderate violence to achieve objectives and to escape is common place. Somali' coast and the Straits of Mallacca in Indonesia are the most VIOLENT areas. Machine guns, RPG's, small caliber mortars, and other military weapons, along with good intel makes many believe that some piracy in SE Asia is state sponsored. (there is your primer on modern piracy. And yes I agree with Marcinko, pirates are terrorists)

    jonemac, I like that cargolaw website, lots of pictures of incidents and accidents. some make you shake your head.

    Captains have some powers, but not what you may think. The only ships I know of with weapons onboard are ships owned or chartered to the US government and crewed by US merchant seamen. Many of these ships either have Gurkhas from a company called Securewest Intl. or military (I've seen USMC, USN, and USA/NG teams) embarked security. there are detailed ROE for the use of these weapons with ZERO room for interpertaion. Plain to say, they are a last resort.

    What worries me is cruise ships are usually off limits, too many people, since pirates need the element of surprise. But the somali pirates are more likely to attempt it since they are more in it for terrorist reasons than the asians who are in it for profit.

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    Thanks for the interesting insight drkblram

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    Sheri...thanks for posting. Very interesting. Wondering what the fine print on the cruise brochure said!

    Thanks, too, drkblram for the specifics. Educational.

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    When i lived in malaysia, my family went on a holiday to Pulau Sibu, off Malaysia's east coast, in the straights of Malacca. The owner of the island and the men on the boat that took us across to the island told us about the pirate threat then.

    Apparently they use very fast speed boats that are about 20ft or so. They have GIANT engines and most of the naval ships are unable to catch them because they are already half way back to Indonesia and its many islands before they can respond. Unfortunately Malaysia has VERY strict gun laws and the owners of the resort could not get enough weapons to repel any possible attacks, so they just had to hope for the best.

    Im not an expert on it, but i have always wondered why it gets so little publicity.

    Oh yeah, some philippino pirates are big fans of kidnapping and holding to ransom.
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    I think all modern cruise ships should be equiped with torpedos and deck mounted cannons. You know your cruise is not going well when you hear on the PA system "GENERAL QUARTERS! MAINTAIN BATTLE STATIONS TORPEDO!"
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Cruise liner outruns armed pirate boats
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    Sunday, November 6, 2005 Posted: 0245 GMT (1045 HKT)

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    Manage Alerts | What Is This? (CNN) -- A luxury cruise line will re-evaluate whether to offer future cruises off the coast of Somalia after pirates attempted to attack one of its ships early Saturday.

    The pirates were in two small boats and were carrying machine guns and a rocket-propelled grenade when they attempted the attack on Seabourn Cruise Lines' "Spirit" about 5:35 a.m. local time Saturday, Deborah Natansohn, president of the cruise line, told CNNRadio.

    The ship was carrying 150 passengers and a crew of about 160.

    The ship, she said, immediately instituted its emergency response system. "The occupants of those boats did not succeed in boarding the ship and eventually turned away ... our captain and crew did a terrific job taking responsive action."

    Passenger Mike Rogers of Vancouver, Canada, said the pirates were shooting and sending rockets at the boat. (Watch how cruise ship outran pirates -- 1:28)

    "The captain tried to run one of the boats over, but they were small boats, about 25 feet long," he told CNNRadio affiliate CKNW in Vancouver.

    "Each one had four or five people on it, and (the captain) said he was going to do anything to keep them from getting on board."

    The captain, however, did not hit the alarm button to alert passengers of the emergency, Rogers said. "He announced it over the speakers because he was scared people would run up on deck, and he didn't want people on deck because they would have been shot."

    The cruise ship eventually outran the pirates' boats, Natansohn said. One person suffered minor injuries, she said without elaborating.

    "There's some minor damage done to the ship," Rogers said. "There's no water right now, for instance, in some places, and I believe one of the grenades actually went off in one of the cabins, but everyone on board is fine."

    The ship is now en route to the Seychelles Islands, Natansohn said.

    On Thursday, the United Nations' World Food Program warned that hijackings off the coast of Somalia were restricting the delivery of needed food assistance to the country.

    "The southern Somali coastline is one of the most dangerous in the world," the WFP said on its Web site. "In recent months, WFP's operations in Somalia have been sabotaged by the hijackings of two vessels carrying relief food. Ship owners are now demanding armed escorts to travel in these waters."

    Natansohn said efforts were under way Saturday to locate the pirates. "We have notified U.S., Canadian and Australian authorities because most of our passengers come from those three countries, as well as local authorities in Africa."

    "Seabourn 'Spirit' has offered itineraries in that part of the world before, but we'll obviously be looking at the incident to determine what to do in the future," she said.

    Rogers said, "We're always looking for adventure, but this is probably a little more than we would normally look for."
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    Sea piracy hits record high
    Wednesday, January 28, 2004 Posted: 0500 GMT ( 1:00 PM HKT)


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    (CNN) -- Record levels of piracy and violence has forced the International Maritime Bureau (IMB) to demand greater government protection and single out Indonesia as the nation with the world's most dangerous waters.

    One in five attacks on commercial shipping are conducted in Indonesian waters, says a survey released Wednesday by the British-based IMB, which is part of the International Chamber of Commerce.

    A total of 21 seamen died and another 71 are still missing as a result of attacks worldwide last year, according to the IMB. Ten died in 2002.

    The most recent reported attack was at the Balikpapan anchorage in Indonesia on January 23.

    Ten pirates armed with knives boarded a bulk carrier, attacking and tying up the duty officer, a new incident report posted on the IMB's Web site said.

    "They stole property and escaped by climbing down anchor chain," it said.

    "At the time, the ship was undergoing cargo operations with barges on both sides and stevedores on board. An armed policeman was on board during the attack."

    Piracy is fast becoming the norm in Asian and African waters, according to the new survey, released Wednesday by the Kuala Lumpur office of the IMB.

    The report says it is becoming increasingly common for pirates to be armed with guns, including semi-automatic weapons.

    Indonesian warnings

    Pirates roaming Singaporean waters will be regarded as terrorists, the Singapore government says.
    Commercial shipping suffered 445 attacks in 2003 -- a 20 percent increase from the previous 12 months, says the IMB.

    Indonesia accounted for 121 attacks across its sprawling archipelago more than 25 percent of all piracy.

    "Unless Indonesia takes serious steps to police its waters, we don't foresee any drop in the number of attacks worldwide," Noel Choong, head of the piracy reporting center, told The Associated Press.

    Many of Indonesia's attacks are robberies and kidnappings for ransom.

    Its piracy plight is followed by Bangladesh with 58 reported attacks, Nigeria (39) and India (27).

    At least 88 crew members were wounded by pirates -- more than twofold the 38 injuries in 2002.

    Another 359 seafarers were taken hostage, compared with 191 in the previous year.

    The IMB also identified 27 ports and anchorages that are increasingly prone to pirate attacks.

    The strongest warnings single out Chittagong, Bangladesh; Lagos, Nigeria; Chennai and Cochin in India; Dakar, Senegal; Balikpapan, Indonesia; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

    In the past 12 months, there has been an "abnormal trend" in which pirates hijack tugboats and barges for unknown reasons, the report said.

    IMB's Choong said Wednesday: "We have no idea where the boats have been taken and what they're being used for."

    He speculated the vessels may be used by Indonesian crime syndicates for smuggling.

    After the September 11 attacks on the United States, the IMB has consistently warned that ships, such as tankers carrying explosive natural gas, could be hijacked and used as weapons.

    The IBM says security in many ports has been upgraded but warns no shipboard response can protect seafarers from terrorist assaults.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RspctFrmCalgary
    The strongest warnings single out Chittagong, Bangladesh; Lagos, Nigeria; Chennai and Cochin in India; Dakar, Senegal; Balikpapan, Indonesia; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
    Can't say these are on my Top 10 and not sure why they'd be on anyone else's. Somalia 1993....that says it all to me.

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    AAAARRGGHHHHHHHH, pre-pare to be boarded! We only want the maidens and the Beer.

    Maybe I should go find an old PT boat re-arm it and become a pirate.

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    Well, this is all very interesting in light of the fact that Mrs. Reason wants to go on a cruise in 2007.
    Problem is; she wants me to go with!
    And of course, if we were attacked by pirates, I'd be expected to do something heroic!
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    These attacks could be thwarted by a half dozen 50 Cal. machine guns and some determined gunners. Oh and a reasonable amount of ammo.

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    Reports now indicate a soviet style RPG did impact the ship, entered a stateroom, and failed to detonate, saying embedded in the deck.

    IMB piracy office in Kuala Lumpur sends out bi-weekly pirate activity to all ships via sat-com telex. The messages are focused to each major ocean region. these messages are similar to the one from CNN that RFC posted.

    As for weapons, we'd all love to arm ourselves better than the AK47 and better armed pirates, but unlike them, we are constrained by laws. But I will tell you, having a bunch of Marines onboard with a Ma Duece on the rail does give you allot of comfort in unsettled areas.

    I have always said that the day a group of pirates accidently attack a blue and yellow stack line's ship (US government owned or leased) will bring a whole lot of attention to pirates. A cruise ship is even better, but I never thought they'd be that brazen.

    Think about this. For them, getting home is easy, all they need is a compass, head west and once they see land, its easy from there. The harder part is finding a speck on the ocean, the ship. From that low in the water, you may be able to see a ship at 6 miles, 10 in optimum conditions. You are 100 miles offshore and you have to get within 6 miles of this ship to see it. It's the proverbial needle in the haystack.

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    Was he the invalid in a wheelchair that was pushed overboard some years ago?
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    Sun. Nov. 6 2005 11:53 PM ET
    The Seabourn Spirit was 160 kilometres off Somalia when two speedboats closed in on the vessel and opened fire with machine-guns and a rocket-propelled grenade.

    Dan McTeague on pirate attack.

    The Somali coast is known to be infested with pirates, who are becoming more and more brazen. Somalia has been without a functioning government since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Said Barre, and is now overrun by warlords.

    Pirates may have also attacked UN ship
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    A group of pirates that attacked a luxury cruise liner were likely responsible for seizing a UN vessel in June, a Kenyan official said Sunday.

    Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program, told The Associated Press that the pirates are likely responsible for hijacking a UN-chartered vessel on June 27.

    The crew was held hostage for 100 days, until the ship ran out of fuel. It was on a humanitarian mission to Somalia, carrying food aid.

    Mwangura told AP the pirates likely belong to a group that operates along Somalia's 3,025-kilometre coastline.

    The latest incidence occurred early Saturday. The Seabourn Spirit was 160 kilometres off Somalia when two speedboats closed in on the vessel and opened fire with machine-guns and a rocket-propelled grenade.

    One Canadian witness said he first realized they were under attack while he was still in bed.

    "It was about 5:30 in the morning and we were awakened by the sound of what we figured out was bullets ricocheting off the side of the boat," Mike Rogers, from British Columbia, told CTV Newsnet.

    Rogers said the captain evaded the pirates by increasing speed and charging their two boats. The pirates then "scurried away," he said.

    Dan McTeague, the parliamentary secretary for Canadians abroad, believes there were 18 Canadian citizens and permanent residents aboard the vessel, which was carrying more than 300 passengers.

    None were hurt in the attack, although one crew member was slightly hurt by flying debris before the pirates were repulsed, said Seabourn Cruises.

    "It was quiet a harrowing experience, to say the least," McTeague said.

    "Right off the top, this was not something that one would expect on a voyage. But the ship's captain seemed to be both able and kept his crew and passengers well-informed of what was happening."


    The Bahamian-registered Seabourn Spirit suffered only minor damage. It was apparently hit by bullets, but it's unclear if the rocket-propelled grenade made contact.

    Americans and Britons were also believed to be on board the Seabourn Spirit, which was on a 16-day cruise out of Alexandria in Egypt.

    The Seabourn Spirit was on its way to Mombasa in Kenya when it was attacked. The cruise will instead end at the Indian Ocean islands of Seychelles on Monday.

    The Somali coast is known to be infested with pirates, who are becoming more and more brazen.

    According to the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), at least 23 hijackings and attempted seizures have been recorded off Somalia's coastline since mid-March.

    Two days ago, the World Food Programme (WFP) warned that such activity had hampered delivery of relief supplies to more than 500,000 people in the region.

    Due to its impact on tourism, the Seafarers' Assistance Programme (SAP) is planning to convene Monday to discuss this latest attack -- the first on a cruise ship off the Somalia coast.

    Somalia has been without a functioning government since the 1991 ouster of dictator Mohamed Said Barre, and is now overrun by warlords.
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    Ship's passengers recount attack by pirates
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    MAYE, Seychelles A cruise liner that was attacked by pirates over the weekend docked safely in the Indian Ocean Monday after changing its course to escape.

    Passengers described their horror as pirates in speedboats chased their luxury cruise liner at sea, firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles -- with smiles visible on faces otherwise hidden by ski masks.

    "I was scared, I was very scared," said Jean Noll of Florida. But her husband said the experience was not likely to deter them from enjoying another cruise. "We cruise all the time," Clyde Noll said.

    The Seabourn Spirit had been bound for Mombasa, Kenya, when it was attacked by pirates armed with grenade launchers and machine guns on Saturday about 100 miles off Somalia's lawless coast.

    The ship escaped by shifting to high speed and changing course.

    The gunmen never got close enough to board the cruise ship, but one member of the 161-person crew was injured by shrapnel, according to the Miami-based Seabourn Cruise Line, a subsidiary of Carnival Corp.

    After docking at the Seychelles, passengers boarded two buses for a tour of two of the resort islands and reporters were kept away.

    Most passengers were to continue from the Seychelles to Singapore, company officials said, although some who planned to tour Mombasa were to fly there Tuesday aboard a chartered plane.

    Relieved holiday-makers praised the ship's captain for foiling the attack that lasted for more than 90 minutes, during which pirates fired their weapons on the bridge and elsewhere in an effort to cripple the vessel.

    Some passengers were lucky to escape with their lives, said Charles Forsdick, from Durban, South Africa.

    A woman survived an explosion in her stateroom simply because she was taking a bath at the time. Others flung themselves to the floor to avoid bullets that were zipping through the ship, Forsdick told Associated Press Television News.

    "I tell you, it was a very frightening experience," WWII veteran Charles Supple, of Fiddletown, Calif., recalled by phone after the liner dropped anchor off the Seychelles.

    The retired physician and World War II veteran said said he started to take a photograph of a pirate craft, and "the man with the bazooka aimed it right at me and I saw a big flash.

    "Needless to say, I dropped the camera and dived. The grenade struck two decks above and about four rooms further forward," Supple said. "I could tell the guy firing the bazooka was smiling."

    Bob Meagher of Sydney, Australia, said he climbed out of bed and went to the door of his cabin shortly before 6 a.m. after hearing a commotion outside.

    "I saw a white-hulled boat with men in it waving various things and shooting at the ship -- at that stage it appeared to be rifle fire," he told Australian radio.

    "My wife said `look, they're loading a bazooka,' which we later discovered was called an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) launcher."

    "There was a flash of flame and then a huge boom -- a terrible boom sound," he said, adding the grenade hit about 10 feet from where they were.

    The liner had been at the end of a 16-day voyage from Alexandria, Egypt.

    Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said Monday that the attackers might have been terrorists. But others said the attack bore the hallmarks of pirates who have become increasingly active off

    Somalia, which has no navy and has not had an effective central government since 1991.

    Judging by the location of the attack, the pirates likely were from the same group that hijacked a U.N.-chartered aid ship in June and held its crew and food cargo hostage for 100 days, said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program.

    That gang is one of three well-organized pirate groups on the 1,880-mile coast of Somalia, which has had no effective government since opposition leaders ousted a dictatorship in 1991 and then turned on each other, leaving the nation of 7 million a patchwork of warlord fiefdoms.

    Somalia's Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi has long urged neighboring countries to send warships to patrol Somalia's coast, which is Africa's longest and lies along key shipping lanes linking the

    Mediterranean with the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean.

    U.S. and NATO warships patrol the region to protect vessels in deeper waters farther out, but they are not permitted in Somali territorial waters.

    The International Maritime Bureau has for several months warned ships to stay at least 150 miles away from Somalia's coast, citing 25 pirate attacks in those waters since March 15 -- compared with just two for all of 2004.

    The 440-foot-long, 10,000-ton cruise ship, which is registered in the Bahamas, sustained minor damage, the cruise company said. The liner, which had its maiden voyage in 1989, can carry 208 guests.
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