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Pirates free oil tanker with 22 Indian sailors in Gulf of Guinea

The Gulf of Guinea has become an increasing target for pirates who steal cargo and demand ransoms, even as piracy incidents fall worldwide.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2018 10:59 IST
Reuters, Mumbai
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The Marine Express tanker was missing in the Gulf of Guinea after contact was lost in Benin on Friday. (AFP/ Representative photo)

Pirates freed a ship carrying22 Indian crewand 13,500 tonnes of gasoline on Tuesday, Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern, which was managing the ship, said in a statement.

“All crew members are reported to be safe and well and the cargo remains on board,” the company said.

The Marine Express tanker was missing in the GulfofGuinea after contact was lost in Benin on Friday.

The Gulf of Guinea has become an increasing target for pirates who steal cargo and demand ransoms, even as piracy incidents fall worldwide, experts say.

Ships in the area were the target of a series of piracy-related incidents last year, according to a January report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which highlighted the waters off West Africa as an area of growing concern.

First Published: Feb 06, 2018 09:45 IST