Pirates released hijacked oil tanker with 22 Indian Sailors

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Oil Tanker ‘Marine Express’ including 22 Indian workers which was hijacked by pirates and mislaid off the coast of Benin in north-west Africa four days back, has now been set free, authorities stated.

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As per the reports, all the ship members, who witnessed four-day suffering, are now released.

“The ship, Marine Express, has been released and is back under the command of the captain,” Director General of Shipping Malini Shankar asserted.

At the time of incident, the oil tanker was at the port Cotonou in the Gulf of Guinea in Benin and the pirates hijacked it on February 1. They even shut down all the communication systems on the tanker.

A spokesperson at the Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) had prior validated that the waters in which the oil tanker was hijacked are contaminated with sea pirates.

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Prior, oil tanker MT Barret vanished off the coast of Benin last month and was later validated to have been taken over by pirates. Later, all the crew members of the ship were released.

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