Pirates release hijacked oil tanker

2013-07-22 21:02

Gabon - Turkey's ambassador to Gabon says pirates have released an oil tanker hijacked last week off the West African country's coast, leaving its 24-member Indian crew unharmed.

Ahmet Riza Demirer said the Malta-flagged tanker, operated by the Turkish firm Geden Lines, was released in Nigerian waters early on Monday after pirates stole an untold amount of crude oil and other oil products.

Security firm AKE said last week's attack constituted "a significant expansion" of the area affected by piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, occurring 200 nautical miles further south than a previous attack in April.

The International Maritime Bureau warned last week of a "worrying surge" of attacks by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, which it says is now a greater hotspot for piracy than Somalia's coast.

  • Robert Coughlan - 2013-07-22 21:21

    Hijacked near Abidjan, released in Nigerian waters. Where exactly does Gabon fit into this picture? I think they might have Ghana and Gabon confused. The original article from the 17th of July stated the ship was hijacked of the coast of Gabon.

  • Liz - 2013-07-23 08:38

    How do you steal crude from a tanker in the sea? How is it disposed of? These pirates are pretty sophisticated!

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