Marine Express freed from pirate hijacking off Benin

The Anglo-Eastern managed product tanker Marine Express, which was the subject of a pirate attack and seizure in the Gulf of Guinea on February 1, is now back under the command of the captain and crew.

Full control of the vessel was resumed at approximately 04:00 Singapore time today. All crewmembers are reported to be safe and well, and the cargo of 13,500 tons of gasoline remains onboard. A complete investigation will be carried out into the hijacking.

The Marine Express was hijacked while at anchorage off Benin, the second such attack in the area on a product tanker in the space of a month. 

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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