Seafarers freed by Nigerian Navy

The Nigerian Navy rescued 10 Indian seafarers over the weekend. The crew, working onboard the UAE-controlled product tanker Maximus, were believed to have been hit by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea on February 11.

India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted on Sunday: “We have rescued 10 Indians with the help of Nigerian Navy. We are trying to rescue 11th Indian and a Pakistani crew member from the pirates.”

The hijacking took place south of Abijan in waters belonging to the Ivory Coast.

The Gulf of Guinea has become the world’s hotspot for piracy in recent months, surpassing Southeast Asia.

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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