Piracy Update, Feb. 20, 2010

It looks like al Shabaab, the Somali branch of al Qaeda, is trying to get a share of the piracy profits. The post also referenced  an interesting discussion of how al Shabaab is financed here.

Lloyds of London may be establishing a fleet of patrol boats to provide escorts through the Gulf of Aden for ships insured under their policies.

Royal Navy frigate HMS Cornwall not only broke up a pirate attack in progress, she took down the Yemeni-flagged dhow being used as a mother-ship, capturing 17 pirates and freeing 5 crewman who had been held hostage for 92 days.

Four Americans aboard the yacht S/V Quest were seized by pirates 240 nautical miles off the coast of Oman.