Tanker Hijacked Off Nigeria, 25 Crew On Board

The vessel hijacked is the Maltese-flagged MT Halifax is owned by the Greek-based Ancora Investment Trust Inc.

LONDON (Dow Jones)--Pirates off the coast of Nigeria have taken control of an oil products tanker with about 25 crew members on board, part of a new wave of increasingly sophisticated attacks in the Gulf of Guinea. Cyrus Mody, a manager of the International Maritime Bureau, said Thursday that the attack, which most likely happened Sunday, is the seventh in Nigeria this year. … [Read more...]

Pirates hijack tanker off Western Africa

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Photo via Marine Traffic © Peter Beentjes According to several reports, pirates in the Gulf of Guinea have hijacked an Italian tanker in an attack reminiscent of hijackings off the Somali Coast.  BBC tells us: Assailants boarded the RBD Anema e Core early on Sunday in the Gulf of Guinea, officials in Benin and Italy confirmed. Two of the 23 crew are Italians, the others … [Read more...]

Bulk Carrier Hijacked in Indian Ocean, Containership Missing

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MV ROSALIA D'AMATO (Source: Robert Smera/PBase) The European Union Naval Force Somalia, or EU NAVFOR, has reported that the bulk carrier M/V Rosalia D'Amato was pirated approximately 350NM South East of Salalah, Oman, in the Indian Ocean earlier this morning. The 74,500 tonne Italian flagged and owned vessel was on its way to Bandar Imam Khomeini (Iran) from Paranagua … [Read more...]

Cargo ship pirated off Omani coastline with crew of 10

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EUNAVFOR has reported that the general cargo ship M/V Susan K was pirated early this morning approximately 200 nautical miles North-East of Salalah, Oman; a location only 35 nautical miles from the Omani coastline. The vessel was attacked and boarded by at least 10 pirates although exact details of the attack are not known at this time. The Antigua & Barbuda flagged … [Read more...]

Arctic Sea hijackers sentenced in Russian Court

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Six men have been sentenced to jail for their role of in the 2009 hijacking of the M/V Arctic Sea that disappeared under mysterious circumstances after passing through the English Channel. The men - a Russian, a Latvian and an Estonia, and three others - were given sentences ranging from 7 to 12 years in jail. The disappearance of the M/V Arctic Sea made international … [Read more...]

Vessel captured by Somali pirates used as mothership for additional attack

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According to anti-piracy task force EU NAVFOR, the bulk carrier M/V Sinar Kudus was hijacked by pirates approximately 320 nautical miles North Eas of the island of Socotra in the Somali Basin.  Just hours after her capture, the vessel was boarded by 30 to 50 pirates and used as a mothership for an attack another bulker, the M/V Emperor.  That attack however went unsuccesful … [Read more...]

Libyan tanker hijacked by rebels

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The Libyan state-owned shipping line General National Maritime Transport Company (GNMTC) says that one of its tankers, the Anwaar Afriqya, has been hijacked by group of armed rebels and diverted to the port of Tobruk near the border with Egypt, where it is now berthed. The company says that tanker is carrying a cargo of 23,800 tons of gasoline and has a crew of … [Read more...]