Pirates free oil tanker, 22 Indian crew in Gulf of Guinea

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A ship loads crude oil at Bonga off-shore oil field outside Lagos, in a file photo. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye
A ship loads crude oil at Bonga off-shore oil field outside Lagos, in a file photo. REUTERS

Pirates have freed a ship carrying 22 Indian crew and 13,500 tonnes of gasoline, the company managing the ship, Anglo-Eastern, said in a statement.

“All crew members are reported to be safe and well and the cargo remains on board,” the company said.

The Marine Express tanker was last seen in the Gulf of Guinea off the coast of Benin on Friday after which contact was lost.

The Gulf of Guinea has become an increasing target for pirates who steal cargo and demand ransoms, even as piracy incidents fall worldwide, experts say.

Ships in the area were the target of a series of piracy-related incidents last year, according to a January report by the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), which highlighted the waters off West Africa as an area of growing concern.

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