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Congo, Gulf of Guinea. Pirates took hostages, left the Danish tanker Monjasa Reformer

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The pirates left the Danish tanker Monjasa Reformer, which they seized last week in the waters of the Gulf of Guinea, the owner of the vessel said. As it was added, the attackers took some crew members with them as hostages. The other sailors are in a safe place.

A Liberian-flagged Danish oil tanker was attacked on Saturday 140 nautical miles (260 kilometers) west of Pointe-Noire, the Republic of Congo’s largest port. Information about the takeover of the tanker was provided to the media only on Tuesday. The vessel owned by Monjasa is managed by Dubai-based Montec Ship Management.

The tanker then disappeared from radar, but was soon located by the French Navy off the coast of São Tomé and Príncipe, the ship’s owner said.

Pirates seized a Danish tankerReuters

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On Friday, Monjasa reported that the pirates left the tanker, but took some of the crew with them as hostages. “Our thoughts are with the crew members still missing and their families at this stressful time. Monjasa continues to work closely with local authorities to support our seafarers in returning safely to their families,” the statement said.

The remaining sailors are in good health and have been cared for in a safe place. The company also reported no damage to the ship.

Sea piracy in the worldPAP

Pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea have been less frequent in recent times. According to the International Maritime Bureau, while 84 attacks were recorded in 2020, there were 35 in 2021 and 19 in 2022.

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