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Sovcomflot tanker endures pirate attack

Moscow: The Sovcomflot/Novoship controlled MR 'NS Spirit' was attacked by pirates while at anchor off Lagos last Monday, writes Tanker Operator. According to Novoship, 10 armed people attacked the tanker and opened fire with automatic weapons 30 miles off the coast.

One crew member was hospitalised while the others managed to hide. Soon after the attack pirates left the tanker. According to the state maritime rescue co-ordination centre, the tanker's master was also injured during the attack.

The Liberian flag 47,000 dwt 'NS Spirit' had a crew of 22 Russians. She was bound for Lagos with 37,700 tonnes of fuel oil at the time of the attack.  [26/11/2010]

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