crew members were rescued with the assistance of the Nigerian Navy after their
vessel was hijacked by pirates on February 13 off Ivory Coast.
to the Indian External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, the vessel, which was
identified as the product tanker Maximus, was carrying 12 crew member, 11 of
Indian nationality and one Pakistani national.
that on India’s request, the naval units from Ghana and Nigeria followed the
currently trying to secure the release of the remaining two crew members.
corresponds to the 2007-built product tanker, which was sailing from Lome when
the incident occurred.
Maritime Trade Information Share Centre Gulf of Guinea (MTISCGOG) reported that
a vessel was attacked by six armed pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, off Abijan,
disclose the name of the vessel in question, but said that five crew members
were taken by the pirates while the rest of the crew were in the safe room
aboard the tanker.
that it requested details on the hijacking, but never received a reply.