Ship Boss: Indian tanker’s crew retakes Boat from pirates

HONG KONG (AP) — The team of a lost Indian oil tanker regained control of this ship from pirates that had hijacked it off Benin’s shore, the boat’s management firm said Tuesday.

The Marine Express tanker was “the subject of a pirate violence and assault at the Gulf of Guinea” on Feb. 1, Anglo-Eastern of Hong Kong stated on social networking.

The ship lost contact before its own captain and team shot back control Monday evening Benin time, that was early Tuesday in Hong Kong, the company said.

All 22 Indian team members were secure and its shipment of 13,500 metric tons (15,120 heaps) of gas remained on board.

“A complete analysis will be carried out into the hijacking,” the firm said. It praised the team and their families “because of their courage and fortitude in handling this challenging situation,” but provided a few other details.

The Indian authorities confirmed Sunday the ship, owned by a Mumbai firm, was lost and it had sought help from the Benin and Nigerian navies to locate it.

Ship hijackings and kidnappings of team are typical in the area, together with hostages often released unharmed after a ransom is paid. Bandits generally target oil tankers and promote the primitive.

Concerns about piracy away Africa’s coasts have largely shifted into the Gulf of Guinea following foreign efforts in the last few years to decrease the danger of off Somalia’s coast.

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U.S. Navy Ship Fires Warning Shots In Iranian Boat In Persian Gulf

WASHINGTON:  A U.S. Navy boat fired warning shots in an Iranian patrol ship on Tuesday in the northern end of the Persian Gulf, U.S. press reported Tuesday.

As saying, the vessel is believed to have been controlled by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, CNN quoted a defense official familiar with details of the episode.

The Iranian ship, which approached and arrived over 150 yards (about 137 meters) of this U.S. boat, didn’t respond to some warnings from the U.S. boat, including radio calls, shooting of flares and five short blasts from the U.S. Navy ship’s whistle, ” the report said.

The U.S. Navy boat subsequently fired warning shots to the water above concerns about the possibility of a collision, a U.S. defense official said, adding that the Iranian boat then stopped approaching the U.S. boat but lingered in the area for a number of hours.

Similar incidents involving Iran and the United States occurred previously. In January this year, a U.S. navy ship fired warning shots at five Iranian ships when the vessel and two additional U.S. ships were entering the Strait of Hormuz.

In March the U.S. press reported a U.S. navy surveillance boat was “harassed” by Allied boats from the Strait of Hormuz, a promise that had been rejected by Iran as the White House’s press spree against Tehran.