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Pirates hijack ship with 23 Indian sailors near Nigeria

world Updated: Sep 05, 2012 23:33 IST

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An oil tanker with 23 Indian sailors aboard was on Wednesday hijacked by pirates off the shores of Nigeria, the third such attack in over two weeks in the Gulf of Guinea.

International Maritime Bureau (IMB) officials said the Singapore-owned vessel, MT Abu Dhabi Star, which was carrying fuel, was sailing towards the open sea when it was hijacked.

Twenty three Indian sailors were on board the oil tanker operated by the Dubai-based company, Pioneer Ship Management Services LLC.

Pat Adamson, the company’s spokesperson, told PTI that all the crew on the tanker are Indians. “There was a call from one of the crew members to the management company, saying the vessel was boarded by pirates but nobody was harmed,” he said.

“Pirates have not yet established contact with the company,” Adamsan said, adding “we have not got any report of loot so far. We understand that a naval ship is on the way to intercept the vessel.”

Earlier IMB said the Nigerian authorities had been notified of the attack and were taking action. It said the sailors had locked themselves in a safe room.