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Boxship attacked by pirates off Guinea

The 1,600 teu boxship Windhoek was attacked by pirates early yesterday morning while at anchorage at Conakry in Guinea.

Six armed men boarded the ship, firing guns and got to the bridge by smashing the bridge wing windows. The pirates ransacked the ship, taking cash and valuables, before fleeing.

Later the Guinea Navy boarded the ship and reported all crew aresafe.

Piracy off West Africa is common place and amongst the most violent in the world.

The Windhoek is owned by Japan’s Toyo Kaiun.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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