Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Rwandan president claims 'no problem with France'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Paul Kagame visits UNESCO HQ in Paris

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Flamboyant US Congressman's Instagram Lands Him in Bother

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Compromise buys Greece time and Jihadi John is unmasked (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Compromise buys Greece time and Jihadi John is unmasked (part 1)

Read more

#TECH 24

Drone vs. drone

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

The future of agriculture

Read more

REVISITED

Yalta, the symbol of a new Cold War?

Read more

#THE 51%

Women in the workforce: IMF says closing the gender gap makes economic sense

Read more

Africa

French tanker hijacked off Ivory Coast released

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2013-02-06

A French-owned, Luxembourg-flagged tanker that was hijacked by suspected Nigerian pirates off Ivory Coast last week has been released with all 17 members of its crew safe and sound, the boat’s owner said on Wednesday.

A Luxembourg-flagged, French-owned products tanker hijacked by suspected Nigerian pirates off the Ivory Coast at the weekend has been released, and its 17-person crew is safe, the vessel’s owner said on Wednesday.

SEA-Tankers, which owns the vessel Gascogne, lost contact with the ship around 130 km (80 miles) off the West African nation’s coast on Sunday morning.

It was the second tanker hijacking in Ivorian waters in the last three weeks and occurred amid a spike in armed hijacking in the Gulf of Guinea, which is second only to the waters off Somalia for piracy.

“SEA-Tankers are pleased to report that product tanker Gascogne has been released,” the company said in a statement.

“All 17 seafarers are reported safe, however sadly two seafarers were injured during the incident but are being taken care of,” the statement read.

France’s foreign ministry confirmed on Wednesday that the ship was released late on Tuesday. It said the Gascogne had been taken to Forcados in Nigeria where around 200 tonnes of its cargo of diesel fuel were stolen.

The ship is currently sailing towards the port of Lome in Togo, the ministry said.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2013-02-06

  • IVORY COAST

    French tanker hijacked by pirates off Ivory Coast

    Read more

  • IVORY COAST

    Pirates seize oil tanker in Ivory Coast, say officials

    Read more

  • Nigeria

    Suspected pirates attack barge off Nigerian coast

    Read more

COMMENT(S)