Hijacked Nigerian tanker with Indians released

Pirates have set free an oil tanker they had seized off Nigerian waters along with its crew that also included Indians.

Last Updated: Nov 06, 2011, 10:06 AM IST

Abuja: Pirates have set free an oil tanker
they had seized off Nigerian waters along with its crew that
also included Indians, the International Maritime Bureau said.

The tanker, which was hijacked together with its crew off
the Nigerian coast, was released yesterday morning, the piracy
watchdog said.

Armed pirates, mainly operating in the country`s oil rich
southern delta region, boarded the cargo ship MT Halifax near
Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State, officials had
said.

The website of the Greece-based ship owners, Ancora
Investment Trust Inc, had said that Indians, part of the crew,
were two in number.

In July, a Greek oil tanker was hijacked by pirates along
with its 20 crew members off the coast of Benin.

The ship `Aegean Star`, which was later released, belonged
to Endeavour Marine Agency based in Greece`s main port of
Piraeus.

PTI