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Pirates Hijack Full Supertanker Off Nigeria, Kidnap 19 Crew Members
12-04-2019, 02:34 PM,
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Pirates Hijack Full Supertanker Off Nigeria, Kidnap 19 Crew Members
Pirates Hijack Full Supertanker Off Nigeria, Kidnap 19 Crew Members

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<div property="schema:text" class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>A gang of pirates have kidnapped 19 sailors after waylaying then boarding a supertanker loaded with oil, according to <a href="https://www.seatrade-maritime.com/tankers/pirates-kidnap-19-seafarers-vlcc-nave-constellation-nigeria">various media reports</a>.</p>

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<p>Hong Kong-flagged crude supertanker the Nave Constellation, owned by Navios Maritime Acquisition Corporation, was attacked during the evening hours of Dec. 3 while the ship was traveling through Nigerian waters. <strong>The attack occurred roughly 60-70 nautical miles south (reports vary) of Nigeria's Bonny Island Offshore Terminal, where the ship was stocked with cargo.</strong></p>

<p>Seven crewmembers were left aboard the ship by the pirates.</p>

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<p>According to sources, 18 of the kidnapped were Indian nationals, along with one Turk.</p>

<p>Security firm Dryad Global believes the attack is part of a growing trend, with six incidents and four kidnappings in the area of Tuesday night's incident.</p>

<p><strong>The string of attacks suggests a well-armed and resourceful pirate action group, most likely operating from one or more "mothership"-type vessels,</strong> with other smaller, nimbler crafts at their disposal.</p>

<p>A representative for the tanker's owner said the top concern was for the kidnapped crew, according to <a href="https://www.newindianexpress.com/world/2019/dec/04/18-indian-crewmen-kidnapped-by-pirates-in-high-seas-off-west-africa-2071521.html">the New Indian Express.</a></p>

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<p><strong>"Navios as Owners and Anglo-Eastern as Technical and Crew Managers' prime concern is the safety and early return of the 19 persons taken by the pirate gang. </strong>All the appropriate authorities, including the Flag State, have been alerted and are responding and all the necessary action is being taken to secure their wellbeing and early release."</p>
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<p>As <a href="https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-27/west-africa-becoming-worlds-new-piracy-hotspot">we noted</a> recently, One Earth Future's <a href="https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-27/west-africa-becoming-worlds-new-piracy-hotspot">annual State of Maritime Piracy report</a> highlights incidents of hijacking, kidnapping, robberies and boarding attempts on the high seas. In recent years, they've recorded a steady drop in the number of incidents in East Africa and around Somalia in particular, which was a hotspot for pirate attacks for years.</p>

<p><a href="https://www.statista.com/chart/18469/total-incidents-of-piracy-and-robbery-by-region/" title="Infographic: West Africa Is Becoming The World's New Piracy Hotspot | Statista"><img alt="Infographic: West Africa Is Becoming The World's New Piracy Hotspot | Statista" height="auto" src="https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_18469_total_incidents_of_piracy_and_robbery_by_region_n.jpg" style="width: 100%; height: auto !important; max-width:960px;-ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic;" width="100%" /></a> You will find more infographics at <a href="https://www.statista.com/chartoftheday/">Statista</a></p>

<p>This pullback has allowed West Africa to take over as the Continent's biggest piracy hotspot. Oil piracy is also big in<a href="https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/oil-pirates-gulf-mexicos-billion-dollar-problem"> the Gulf of Mexico, where the number of incidents is also on the rise. </a></p>
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