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Nigerian Navy rescues 10 Indian Crew from hijacked tankers, as two remain captive

(WMN) Ten Indian
crew members were rescued with the assistance of the Nigerian Navy after their
vessel was hijacked by pirates on February 13 off Ivory Coast.

to the Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, the vessel, which was
identified as the product tanker Maximus, was carrying 12 crew member, 11 of
Indian nationality and one Pakistani national.

The minister added
that on India’s request, the naval units from Ghana and Nigeria followed the
hijacked vessel.

The authorities are
currently trying to secure the release of the remaining two crew members.
The AIS data
corresponds to the 2007-built product tanker, which was sailing from Lome when
the incident occurred.

On February 11, the
Maritime Trade Information Share Centre Gulf of Guinea (MTISCGOG) reported that
a vessel was attacked by six armed pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off Abijan,
Ivory Coast.

The centre did not
disclose the name of the vessel in question, but said that five crew members
were taken by the pirates while the rest of the crew were in the safe room
aboard the tanker.

World Maritime News reports
that it requested details on the hijacking, but never received a reply.
Credit: World
Maritime News

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