French tanker hijacked

A French tanker sailing under a Luxembourg flag has been hijacked off Côte d’Ivoire, port authority officials in Abidjan, the country’s economic capital, confirmed on Monday.

French tanker hijacked off Côte d’Ivoire

A French tanker has been hijacked off Côte d’Ivoire, port authority officials in Abidjan, the country’s economic capital, confirmed on Monday, following reports that the vessel had been seized by pirates.

“The boat was hijacked in international waters,” said Alexis Guie, who is in charge of communications at the port.

The International Maritime Bureau had said earlier that a French tanker disappeared at the weekend off the west African country, apparently in an act of piracy.

The ship was sailing under a Luxembourg flag according to the French government and had a crew of 19 Togolese sailors.

The Luxembourg government said it had been informed of the incident on the tanker ship Gascogne by the French group Sea-Tankers, who own the vessel.

“When a boat is hijacked more than 300 kilometres from the Ivorian coast, that can’t be in our waters,” Guie said, adding that Ivorian authorities had “no information” about the incident.

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Source: RFI.

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