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Old 21-01-2013, 20:05   #1
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Tanker taken off coast of Africa..Just when you think they are given up..
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Hmm, it has been quiet for a while, I thought for sure Russian machine guns had killed of the vermin..
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Re: Pirates!

This time off the Ivory Coast.
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"... The International Maritime Agency says piracy in West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, is on the rise with 58 incidents reported in 2012, including 10 hijackings and 207 crew members taken hostage.
A total of five incidents were reported off Ivory Coast in 2012, up from one the previous year. ...

Pirates Seize Oil Tanker in Ivory Coast


... Piracy subsided to a five-year low in 2012 due mainly to a drastic reduction in Somali hijackings in the seas off the Horn of Africa. But 10 vessels with a total of 207 crew were seized in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Many of the pirate gangs in the Gulf of Guinea are offshoots of militant groups that once operated in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta before they agreed an amnesty in 2009. ...


Gunmen seize fuel tanker off Ivory Coast
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"... The International Maritime Agency says piracy in West Africa, particularly in the Gulf of Guinea, is on the rise with 58 incidents reported in 2012, including 10 hijackings and 207 crew members taken hostage.
A total of five incidents were reported off Ivory Coast in 2012, up from one the previous year. ...

Pirates Seize Oil Tanker in Ivory Coast


... Piracy subsided to a five-year low in 2012 due mainly to a drastic reduction in Somali hijackings in the seas off the Horn of Africa. But 10 vessels with a total of 207 crew were seized in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa last year, according to the International Maritime Bureau.
Many of the pirate gangs in the Gulf of Guinea are offshoots of militant groups that once operated in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta before they agreed an amnesty in 2009. ...

Gunmen seize fuel tanker off Ivory Coast
Good to see the reduction going via the Red Sea route because that is by far the area of most interest to cruisers here. I wonder if it will get to the point of being safe again.
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