The Hijacking of the Brillante Virtuoso
July 29, 2017 12:52 PM Subscribe
The Brillante Virtuoso was apparently hijacked in the Gulf of Aden in July of 2011, but: Six years after it was abandoned, the Brillante Virtuoso is an epithet among shipping veterans, one that reveals their industry’s capacity for lawlessness, financial complexity, and violence. This account is based on court evidence, private and government records, and more than 60 interviews with people involved, almost all of whom asked not to be identified, citing the sensitivities of nine-figure litigation and, in some cases, concern for their own safety. Everyone at sea that night survived. But the danger was just getting started.