Nigerian pirates release MT Cotton with 24 Indians onboard
Posted on: 12:30 PM IST Jul 22, 2013
New Delhi: Turkish tanker MT Cotton that had been hijacked by Nigerian pirates off the coast of Gabon in Central Africa has been set free. The ship, manned by an all-Indian crew of 24 people, was hijacked last week and released on Monday.
A large number of ships, mainly cargo vessels have been the target of the pirates near African coasts.
The 2007-built ship was awaiting berthing in the Gulf of Guinea at the time of the hijack. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 23,248 tonne and is 184 meter long.
MV Cotton, the Malta-flagged vessel, was taken over by Nigerian pirates 15 miles off the Gentil Port between 0100 hrs and 0200 hrs local time on Tuesday, a statement from V Ships, the crew manager for the vessel owned by a Turkish company, said.