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Pirates kidnap three Romanian Sailors off Togo

Three crew members of a Malta-flagged tanker have been taken hostage
while in the Gulf of Guinea, Romanian Free Trade Union of Navigators (SLN)

The 40,500 dwt tanker Histria Ivory was attacked by pirates some 20
miles from the Port of Lomé, Togo, on March 3, 2019.
After activating the alarm, the majority of the 21 Romanian sailors on
board the ship mustered in the citadel. However, pirates kidnapped three crew
members and escaped.
No injuries to the remaining crew members were reported.
After the pirates left, the 2006-built vessel was escorted by local
authorities into the safe anchorage of Lomé. The vessel sustained damages
during the hijack and needed to be repaired.
“The case is now under the responsibility of the competent entities that
will take the appropriate measures to ensure that sailors are released safely,”
At the time of the incident, the medium range 1 (MR1) tanker was en route
from Freetown to Monrovia. Histria Ivory continued its voyage to Monrovia where
it is scheduled to arrive on March 6, the ship’s AIS data shows.
The vessel is owned by Romania-based company Histria Shipmanagement,
according to information provided by VesselsValue.
World Maritime News 

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