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Pirates kidnap tanker crew in Gulf of Guinea

Petty Officer 1St Class Eric Bearegard / AP Piracy-boarding.jpg
A Master and Chief Engineer were reported to have been abducted by pirates in the west African Gulf of Guinea region on New Year’s Day, off the southern coast of Cameroon.

Details of the boarding of the 13,000 dwt Hana I tanker, which is registered with Tuvalu, are limited, though security firm Dryad Global said the vessel was boarded around 45 nautical miles due south of the island of Bioko.

Dryad Global CEO, Corey Ranslem said: “The area is a medium risk area, but there have been no incidents there for a year,” however, he added, “I would be surprised if there wasn’t a ransom demand on the way.”

The vessel is owned by Singapore-headquartered agribusiness group which also operates a fleet of dry and liquid bulk ships.