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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