Pirates Board Tanker, Russian Warship En Route 23 Russians on board SS Moscow University By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted May 5, 2010 5:10 AM CDT 9 comments Comments The EU Naval Force French warship FS Nivose is shown with Somali pirate skiffs off the Somali coast oin March. (AP Photo/EU NAVFOR) (Newser) – Somali pirates have boarded an oil tanker off East Africa and a Russian warship is rushing to intervene. The 106,000-ton ship, named the Moscow University, has 23 Russian crew members on board. Today's dawn attack occurred about 500 miles east of the Somali coast. It's still unclear if the pirates are fully in control of the tanker, an EU Naval Force commander told AP.