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Tanker prevents pirate attack off Nigeria

PortandTerminal.com, December 25, 2019

LONDON – After a seemingly never-ending plague of pirate attacks recently, finally a win for the good guys.

READ: Singapore Strait: Five Pirate Attacks in Four Days

Turkish Suezmax tanker Istanbul prevented a pirate attack on Tuesday, December 24, while sailing some 180 nautical miles southwest of Brass, Nigeria.

Pirates dressed in black with their faces covered moving quickly in an open boat carrying automatic weapons.
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The ship was approached by a high-speed craft with 9 armed men aboard trying to board the vessel, Dryad Global informed.

The tanker conducted evasive manoeuvers and following two failed attempts the pirates were seen to withdraw to a mothership vessel.

The tanker and crew are unharmed and have continued on their way, the security consultancy said.

There have already been two large-scale acts of piracy in the waters off West Africa this month alone. On Dec. 3, 19 people were taken hostage when hijackers attacked the oil tanker Nave Constellation as it was anchored off the coast of Nigeria.

READ: Pirates Now Prefer Human Hostages Over Ships and Cargo

In the first nine months of 2019, more than 100 ships around the world were assaulted by pirates, with most of the hostage-taking occurring in the broad Gulf of Guinea—shared by Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Benin, Togo, and Cameroon. According to the International Maritime Bureau, about 86% of the incidents worldwide took place there.

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