Italian shipworkers seize tanker in protest

An oil tanker in Sicily has been seized by a group of angry Italian shipworkers who have lost their jobs and who call themselves the “Pirates of Trapani”.

The vessel is owned by Italy’s UniCredit Leasing and was taken while it was undergoing construction work in Trapani, a busy port west of the island.

UniCredit declined to comment on the proceedings.

“Twenty people are on board the vessel, the rest are at the gates,” said Enrico Culcasi, one of the group’s representatives.

Culcasi, a shipworker for almost 20 years, said the group had taken control of the vessel to protest the bankruptcy process for the ship repair firm working on the vessel.

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Story by Jessica Donati, courtesy of Reuters.

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