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Nigerian pirates release MT Cotton with 24 Indians onboard

First published: July 22, 2013, 12:30 PM IST | Updated: July 22, 2013
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Nigerian pirates release MT Cotton with 24 Indians onboard
The 2007-built ship was awaiting berthing in the Gulf of Guinea at the time of the hijack last week.

New Delhi: Turkish tanker MT Cotton that had been hijacked by Nigerian pirates off the coast of Gabon in Central Africa has been set free. The ship, manned by an all-Indian crew of 24 people, was hijacked last week and released on Monday.

A large number of ships, mainly cargo vessels have been the target of the pirates near African coasts.

The 2007-built ship was awaiting berthing in the Gulf of Guinea at the time of the hijack. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 23,248 tonne and is 184 meter long.

MV Cotton, the Malta-flagged vessel, was taken over by Nigerian pirates 15 miles off the Gentil Port between 0100 hrs and 0200 hrs local time on Tuesday, a statement from V Ships, the crew manager for the vessel owned by a Turkish company, said.

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