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Hijacked oil tanker with 22 Indians on board released

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Panamanian-flagged vessel, called “Marine Express”, was earlier reported missing off the Benin coast
  • The vessel is owned by Ocean Transit Carrier SA, a Japanese company
  • There are 22 Indian sailors on board the vessel; they were appointed by Anglo Eastern Shipping

NEW DELHI: Pirates today freed an oil tanker with 22 Indians on board that they had hijacked in West Africa on February 1.

The Panamanian-flagged vessel, called “Marine Express”, was earlier reported missing off the Benin coast in the Gulf of Guinea in West Africa. The vessel is owned by Ocean Transit Carrier SA, a Japanese company. The 22 sailors were appointed on the ship by Anglo-Eastern Shipping, a Hong Kong firm.

External affair Minister Hon. Sushma Swaraj Tweets “I am happy to inform that Merchant Ship Marine Express with 22 Indian nationals on board has been released.”
The ship was also carrying 13,500 tonnes of gasoline, said Reuters news agency.
Source:- TOI, Reuters

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