Abu Dhabi Star Hijacked Off Lagos, Promptly Released [UPDATE]

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UPDATE 2: The MT Abu Dhabi Star has been released after pirates fled when approached by the Nigerian navy, Reuters reports. The vessel was released without incident or harm to crew.

“Definitely their intent was to steal the oil, but we don’t yet know if they were successful,” a Nigerian naval official said.

UPDATE 1: The hijacked vessel has been identified as the 51,069 dwt MT Abu Dhabi Star, which was anchored 80 kilometers (50 miles) off the coast of Lagos when it was taken. The vessel is operated by Pioneer Ship Management Services LLC of Dubai. -END

If last week’s Energy Centurion hijacking underscored the West African piracy threat, Tuesday’s reported hijacking puts a big, fat exclamation point on it!

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)–Pirates have hijacked a Singapore-owned oil tanker in the Nigerian port of Lagos–the third attack in just over two weeks in the Gulf of Guinea–the International Maritime Bureau said Wednesday.

The vessel, which had 23 crew on board, was laden with fuel, the bureau’s Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting center said, adding the pirates were sailing the ship into the open sea.

It didn’t say how the pirates hijacked the tanker Tuesday evening.

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