Pirates seize Turkish tanker COTTON off Gabon coast


Tuesday, 2013-07-16, 12:11 (UTC+3). Pirates seized a tanker flying the Maltese flag but owned by a Turkish company off the coast of Port-Gentil, Gabon, officials said 2013-07-15.



Pirates seized a tanker flying the Maltese flag but owned by a Turkish company off the coast of Port-Gentil, Gabon, officials said Monday.
 
The ship, the MV COTTON, had a crew of 20, all of them Indian.

A Turkish foreign ministry official contacted by AFP confirmed the incident, which happened late Sunday, 2013-07-15.
 
"The owners of the MV COTTON lost contact with the tanker late on Sunday," said the official, who wished to remain anonymous. "We believe it was captured by pirates in the region where such acts are common." The Turkish ambassador in Gabon has contacted the west African country's foreign minister about the incident, the source said.

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COTTON:

Ship Type: Oil/chemical tanker

Year Built: 2007
Length x Breadth: 184 m X 27 m
Gross Tonnage: 23248, DeadWeight: 37879 t
Speed recorded (Max / Average): 5.8 / 5.5 knots
Flag: Malta [MT] 
Call Sign: 9HBD9
IMO: 9380350, MMSI: 256712000

Home port: Valletta
Class society: Det Norske Veritas
Builder*: Hyundai Mipo Dockyard - Ulsan, South Korea
Owner: Genel Denizcilik - Istanbul, Turkey
Manager: Genel Denizcilik - Istanbul, Turkey

Last Position Received:

Area: Guinea Gulf
Latitude / Longitude: -0.6483° / 8.7986° (Map)
Speed/Course 0 knots / 268˚
Last Known Port: GENTIL

Destination: PORT GENTIL ANCHORGE
ETA: 2013-07-13 10:00
Info Received: 2013-07-14 22:44 (UTC)

Recent Port Calls:

Port Arrival (LT) Departure (LT)
GENTIL   2013-07-13 09:33
GENTIL 2013-07-10 15:11

 

Adapted from www.seanews.com.tr

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